A sixth grade student in Ohio is dead after reportedly hanging herself at her school.
Emergency responders were called to Central Middle School in Xenia, Ohio, on Tuesday with reports that a student was dead. Upon arriving at the scene, officials discovered that a 12-year-old female had hanged herself, and the school was placed on lockdown for a short time.
Later in the day, Xenia Community Schools released a statement acknowledging the tragic hanging that took place on the middle school campus.
“Our students are our number one priority and our treasure,” reads the statement. “Today, sadly, we lost of one of our prized possessions--a student at Central Middle School. The incident was not the result of an assault. Out of respect for the student's family, we will not be releasing any additional information at this time. We appreciate the cooperation and assistance of all of the emergency personnel. School will be in session on Wednesday, October 8, and counselors will be on site to assist students and staff in coping with this difficult loss. As a community, we must come together to support all of our children. The children are our future and our brightest light.”
Now, the latest updates say that grief counselors are working with students at the school to help them cope with what happened to the 12-year-old girl who took her own life.
“We're making sure we're doing everything possible to comfort the students and the staff,” said Superintendent Denny Morrison.
Morrison says that just prior to hanging herself, the girl was last seen having a “friendly discussion” with her friends. Officials don’t believe that bullying was a factor in the girl’s suicide.