When students and staff came to school at Mile High Middle School on Monday, counselors were on hand to help provide support after the death of an eighth grader over the weekend.
On Sunday, Mile High families received a message explaining what happened and the resources the school would have ready on Monday morning.
"It is with great sadness that I must inform you that one of our Prescott Mile High Middle School students died over the weekend. The Prescott Police Department are investigating the death but we have been informed that the death was suicide. The student is… an eighth grader at Mile High Middle School.
"We are taking every step possible to support Mile High Middle School students and staff during this difficult time. Counselors from Mile High Middle School and Prescott High School will be at school on Monday, October 26 and possibly other days to assist and support students and staff.
"We ask parents and other family members to support their child by being willing to discuss the situation as much as is comfortable and more importantly, let their child know that the Mile High Middle School community is here to support each other during this time of sadness."
Principal Mark Goligoski made the following announcement Monday morning to the students:
"Good morning, students. This morning I must share some difficult news. …An eighth grade student died over the weekend.
"Death presents us with many questions that we may not be able to answer right away. Rumors may begin to circulate, and we ask that you not spread any rumors you may hear. We’ll do our best to provide accurate information as it becomes known to us.
"I also want you to know that there are no right or wrong emotions when dealing with the death of someone we know. We have many counselors available today to help you through this difficult time. If you would like to talk with a counselor, please ask your teacher for a pass and they will send you to the library immediately.
"All of your teachers, counselors, and administrators are available and want to help you cope with this loss. Please talk with any of us and let us know what you are feeling and how we can help you.”
Goligoski also offered resources to the teachers and staff, including ideas for working with students during a crisis, encouraging them to use direct language, be willing to discuss what happened and be prepared for a wide range of emotions.
Details about funeral arrangements have not been determined yet.
Editor’s Note: Out of respect for the family, the name of the student is being withheld.