Texas high school student dies
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A student in the Austin Independent School District “passed away suddenly” over the weekend, according to a letter from the principal of Bailey Middle School.
Principal John Rocha alerted families to the child’s death, writing that additional counselors will be on campus to provide support to students who may have questions about what happened.
He did not say how the student died. Austin ISD told KXAN that he would not release the student’s name for privacy reasons.
We are saddened to share that one of our students passed away suddenly this weekend. We are unable to share additional information at this time, however, we wanted to let you know as your child may have questions or need support.
John Rocha, Principal of Bailey Middle School
Rocha said if students need guidance this week, parents can call the front desk at (512) 414-4990. He advised parents if children want to talk about what happened, then take the time to listen and discuss with them.
“It’s important for our children to have their feelings acknowledged and to help them understand that it’s okay to feel sad or cry,” the letter read. “It’s also normal if they don’t feel anything right away. It can take a while, sometimes days or weeks, for children to show their feelings, and that’s normal.
The school offered responses that parents can use when talking with their children, who may be upset about the situation:
- “I see you are in pain.”
- “It’s very difficult to come to terms with the death of someone you know well.”
- “I know…it just sounds amazing.”
- “It hurts, doesn’t it?” »
- “It’s especially difficult when there are a lot of unanswered questions.”
The letter also lists some mental health resources, should parents wish to seek additional help for their child: