Statement about Sept. 29 incident at LSNHS

// Posted By Janice Phelan

Lee’s Summit North High School and our entire school district are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a student at LSNHS on Sept. 29. Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends as well as the many school staff members who cared about her. We are enormously grateful for the support our students and staff members have received these past few days. We have received many offers of assistance and support from our community as well as from districts throughout the metro area and state. Our community cares deeply about students, and we are so appreciative of this show of compassion and support from our district’s families, community members and multiple organizations.

Our school district is continuing to provide support to students and staff members with guidance counselors from other schools being available within the school throughout this week. In addition, staff members have the opportunity to receive support from the school district’s employee assistance program. Students and families are receiving resources related to helping young adults cope with grief as well as the warning signs of suicide. At the Sept. 30 LSNHS football game, a moment of silence was held for the student, and the game included a release of purple balloons in recognition of suicide prevention. Thank you to the many students and family members who participated in this special tribute.  

Our school district has an outstanding relationship with Lee’s Summit Police and Fire Departments, and we are especially thankful for the Lee’s Summit emergency responders and their quick response as well as their sensitivity and compassion on Friday. We have the highest praise for the entire Lee’s Summit North High School staff who reacted quickly and followed our emergency protocols to keep students and employees safe on Friday.

The response to this heartbreaking tragedy from our students and their families has been overwhelming, and we are grateful for these expressions of support, compassion and sympathy.  

For families and others who would like more information about suicide prevention, please visit our webpage at http://www.lsr7.org/parents/parenting-information/warning-sides-of-suicide/. Our webpage also provides information to help children and young adults cope with grief at http://www.lsr7.org/parents/parenting-information/helping-kids-cope-with-grief/.

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