Counseling services offered after teen suicide

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 2:40 PM

AUSTIN -- Classes will resume Wednesday morning at Lanier High School one day after a 16-year-old student took his life in front of his classmates.

“I'm really shocked for my sister because my sister saw what happened, and she's very young for her to see that, and I'm really shocked that it happened here,” said Destany Torres, a Lanier High School student.

As of Tuesday evening the Austin Independent School District had not released the name of the teenager who killed himself on campus.

Students who spoke to KVUE News said the young man seemed troubled and had made several postings on Facebook hours before he killed himself.

“He said he was going through a lot of stuff. He put pictures up before he did it. Nobody believed him until he did it,” said Elias Nieto, another Lanier High School student.

AISD allowed students to leave the school around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Counselors were on campus until 6 p.m. for anyone who needed their services.

It still isn’t clear where the teenager got the gun. Lanier High School doesn’t have metal detectors.

In a letter sent home to parents, the high school principal says she is trying to organize a meeting with parents to help answer their questions and address their concerns.

Message from the Principal, Kathy Ryan:

Dear Parents and Staff,

This is Kathy Ryan, principal of Lanier High School. I know you have already received a phone call from the AISD superintendent regarding today’s tragedy at our school.

I, too, want to express my deepest sympathies to the entire Lanier family. I want to let you know that we will have school tomorrow and we will provide counseling services for Lanier students, families and staff throughout the week and beyond as needed.

For counseling over the phone, we encourage students, families and staff members to call the Austin Travis County’s mobile crisis outreach team at 512-472-HELP (4357).
You will receive more information tomorrow via a letter from me. You can also go to our website for additional information.

Events on the campus for this evening have been postponed. Events scheduled for the rest of the week will resume tomorrow. However, the PSAT, which was planned for tomorrow, has been rescheduled to October 30.

In the next few days, I will set up a parent meeting to answer questions and address any concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

Kathy Ryan

School will begin at normal time Wednesday. AISD will provide counseling services for students, parents and faculty until 6 p.m. Tuesday as well as throughout the rest of the week. People needing help are also encouraged to call Austin Travis County Integral Care’s crisis hotline at 512-472-4357.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also an available resource. That can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Go here to learn more about suicide prevention.

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