Superintendent: 12-year-old student committed suicide

Central Middle School in Xenia. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
Central Middle School in Xenia. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)


XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The superintendent of the Xenia Community Schools confirms that a 12-year-old girl who died in school Tuesday, committed suicide.

“Our Xenia community schools suffered a terrible loss.We had a 6th grade girl who just turned 12 years of age, took her life,” said Superintendent Denny Morrison.

About a dozen grief counselors were on hand Wednesday morning at Central Middle School, a day after the sixth grader died.Teachers were also gathered before classes to prepare for the day.

Xenia Community Schools Superintendent Denny Morrison says there were no indications that there was a problem.  Everyone at the school was shocked.  In fact, many residents were puzzled about what happened.

“No. This was a complete total shock to us,” answered Morrison when asked if there was any indication that something was going on with the student.

He said school administrators are working with police and the Greene County Coroner’s Office in their investigation.

Morrison says no other children were in danger at any time and no violence was involved.

Through this tragedy, Morrison said there are clear reminders for all adults, especially parents.

“It just shows the need that parents need to always be talking with their children. Children need to feel that like they can go to that respected adult, whether it be a parent, whether it be a teacher, whether it be their pastor, aunt etc. and tell them what’s on their mind, what they’re thinking.”

Classes did resume on Wednesday and the superintendent said there was clear reason for that, “I made the decision to have school. I wanted it to be a normal as a day as possible we brought in grief counselors that are working with the student that want somebody to talk to. We also brought in substitute teachers for if we have a teacher– our teachers care so much about kids and they do such a great job and it really hit them hard.”

The Xenia Community Schools posted the following statement Tuesday on the district’s website:

In the Xenia Community Schools, our students are our number one priority and our treasure. Today, sadly, we lost of one of our prized possessions-a student at Central Middle School. The incident was not the result of an assault.

Out of respect for the student’s family, we will not be releasing any additional information at this time.

We appreciate the cooperation and assistance of all of the emergency personnel. School will be in session on Wednesday, October 8, and counselors will be on site to assist students and staff in coping with this difficult loss.

As a community, we must come together to support all of our children. The children are our future and our brightest light.

2 NEWS is not releasing the girl’s name.

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