TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Auburn-Washburn school district sent parents an email Monday afternoon saying Washburn Rural High School lost a junior to suicide Friday.
Counselors and support staff will be available to assist students and staff to help cope with the loss.
The district says the teen suicide rate has risen at an alarming rate in recent years. Auburn-Washburn says over the last 18 months, they have increased their communication about suicide awareness measures.
The schools community resource, Family Service and Guidance Center, is aware of their present circumstance and is available for assistance 24 hours a day. Their contact number is (785) 232-5005.
The student was identified by school officials as junior Justin Roach in a letter sent to parents Monday.
Superintendent Scott McWilliams said counselors will be available to assist students and staff who are experiencing difficulty in coping with their loss.
“Over the last 18 months, we have increased our communication about suicide awareness as we have partnered with local experts and agencies to learn more about preventative efforts,” he said. “Please know this work will continue; it has our full attention.”
Family Service and Guidance Centers crisis team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (785) 232-5005.