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Sussex Countian
  • Police investigate death of Sussex Tech student

  • Police are investigating the Nov. 15 apparent suicide of a 15-year-old female student found unconscious in the bathroom of Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown.
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  • Police are investigating the Nov. 15 apparent suicide of a 15-year-old female student found unconscious in the bathroom of Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown.
    According to the Delaware State Police, around 11 a.m. a Sussex Tech staff member found the student unresponsive inside of a bathroom located on the first floor cafeteria area of the high school. Police said the staff member alerted other school staff of the situation and medical aid, including CPR, was administered to the student.
    Officials at Sussex Tech said the building went on lockdown.
    "Medical attention was administered, 911 was called, the emergency response plan was initiated and the student was transported to a local hospital," said Carolyn O'Neal, a spokeswoman for Sussex Tech.
    According to police, the student was pronounced dead at the hospital.
    O'Neal said the school remained on low-level lockdown for the remainder of the day, though no foul play is suspected in the death. No weapons were used and police said no other students were in danger during the incident.
    In a statement issued on behalf of Sussex Tech, O'Neal said the district is heartbroken over the tragic loss of one of its students.
    "Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends of those involved," O'Neal said. "At this very difficult time, our focus is on providing counseling and support to our students and staff."
    O'Neal said school, district and state-level resources were onsite the day of the incident and will continue to be available to provide counseling and support to the entire Sussex Tech family.
    "Sussex Technical School District appreciates the assistance of the Delaware State Police, the Victim Services Unit and Child Priority Response for their quick response and professionalism in rendering services to our school community," O'Neal said.
    District officials are urging any parent who thinks their child may be in need of a counselor to call (800) 969-HELP, a 24-hour crisis hotline.

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