Students at Kyrene’s Aprende Middle School are grieving after the loss of an eighth-grade student whose body was found Sunday on campus.
Chandler police went to the school about 7 p.m. after the boy’s body was discovered hanging in an area on the school property at 777 N. Desert Breeze Road near Lakeshore and Ray roads, according to Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman.
The boy’s death was a suicide and was not suspicious, Tyler said.
The school principal was not available for comment, but counselors and psychologists were available for any students who needed to talk or express their grief, according to Nancy Dudenhofer, a district spokeswoman.
“We’re still in the midst of this,” Dudenhofer said.
Dudenhofer said that a letter will be sent home with the students to inform parents of the incident.
The letter, which was written by Aprende principal Gerri Shaw said: “Not everyone will have a personal connection to this situation, however, we had support at the school throughout the day to be sure that we met with any child that requested additional counseling support. Many emotions and questions arise when a tragedy occurs. Like adults, children deal with unsettling news in a variety of ways. If you or your child needs resources beyond what Kyrene has provided, community agencies exist that support teens and families. Please know that we will make every effort to help our students, families and staff members cope with this tragedy.”
Aprende is a Kyrene Elementary School District school located in Chandler.
The Tribune is not publishing the boy’s name because of the nature of his death.
Additional grieving resources include New Song Center for Grieving Children and Those Who Love Them at (480) 951-8985 or www.thenewsongcenter.org and peer counselors at Teen Life Line 3 to 9 p.m. at (602) 248-8336.
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