Wednesday morning, Corona del Sol High School parents and students were notified of a student suicide, capping a string of tragic student suicides in recent years. The following notice was sent out from Principal Nathan Kleve:
Corona del Sol Families,
It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that a Corona del Sol student has died.
The young man was a Sophomore and died by suicide. We want to take this opportunity to remind our community that suicide is a very complicated act. A student death by suicide also increases the chances of another suicide exponentially.
As a school, we are doing everything we can to support all students. Our hearts are grieving. We know this event will have a profound effect on everyone who knew this young man but we also know that every student on the Corona campus will be touched in some way by this news.
We need your assistance. Our school counselors are working with students and staff on campus. However, if you feel your child would benefit from spending time with counselors but you don’t believe that your child will reach out to us, please let us know. Please feel free to reach out to your child and encourage them to seek help if they need it. You can also call the Corona Counseling Office at 480-752-8776.
Everyone will react differently to loss. Here are some other ways to help your child during this difficult time:
- Look for signs like a change in eating habits, sleeping problems, stomach discomfort, etc. which may indicate your child needs assistance.
- Encourage your child to feel and talk about his/her emotions. Let him/her know it is okay to feel sad, angry, confused, or even to feel nothing at all.
- Offer warmth, affection and your physical presence.
- Maintain the routine, stability and security in your child’s life as much as possible.
- Listen. Listen. Listen. You may not have all the answers to his/her questions, but your child will benefit from the attention.
Trained counselors will be available today, tomorrow and as long as needed. I urge you to open the attachment providing detailed information from the National Association of School Psychologists about grief support. I will keep you updated on the needs of our campus and appreciate your support as we respond to this tragic situation.
Kleve’s message came with a supporting document on death and grief support.
Students at the school recently started a new club called Aztec Strong aimed at suicide prevention. They describe themselves as: a peer support group for students at Corona del Sol High School who want to help other teens that need extra emotional support and those that want to participate in spreading the benefits of suicide awareness. Teens helping teens – there is help – there is hope. The Aztec Strong Club also supports @TeenLifeline in helping teens by encouraging them to call (602) 248-8336 when they are in crisis. #AztecStrong