Extra counselors are on hand for students and staff at Washington Middle School following the apparent suicide of an eighth-grade student.
13-year-old Jaylin May was found dead Friday evening. The coroner’s office says the death appears to be the result of hanging.
District 186 has issued a statement expressing grief over the student’s death, and noting that a crisis response team was dispatched to the school to help students and staff cope with the tragedy.
The full text of the district statement follows:
The faculty and staff of Washington Middle School and Springfield Public Schools are deeply saddened to learn of the reported death of an eighth-grade student over the weekend.
Counselors, teachers, and a crisis response team are at Washington to help our school community deal with this loss. We are doing everything that we can to support our students and our staff through this tragic experience.
On behalf of our staff and students, we thank you for your concern, support, and sensitivity during this difficult time, especially as we learn more about the cause of death and take pro-active steps to reach out to one another.