Hiawatha Community Mourning Loss Of High School Student

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HIAWATHA, Kansas (WIBW) -- The Hiawatha community is grieving over the loss of a teenage boy after he took his life Wednesday morning.

Superintendent of the Hiawatha School District Penny Hargrove told 13 News students and faculty alike are devastated in learning the news that a Hiawatha High School sophomore took his life at his parent's home Wednesday. Hargrove said school administrators called the house when he did not show up at school, and learned he had died.

Out of respect to the sensitive matter, Hargrove asked 13 News not to speak with kids or teachers on camera so they can cope with the loss without added stress. She said that media presence may give other students who are feeling the same suicidal thoughts the wrong idea, and that school officials are monitoring those students closely.

Hargrove said this tragedy is a first in the community, and that the student, whose name 13 News will not release, was popular and had many friends.

He had attended a school basketball game and texted with friends Tuesday night, and Hargrove said no one noticed anything out of the ordinary.

Parents called into 13 News sharing their concerns with how it is affecting their children, and that many of the students are not taking the news well.

Hargrove said they have brought in numerous counseling resources for students and faculty from Horton, Doniphan West and Kanza Mental Health. Students were allowed to leave school early with a parent.