LAHS comes to grips with student’s death

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A 16-year-old Los Alamos High School student died Tuesday night and Los Alamos Police are investigating the incident as a possible suicide.

“We did have an unattended death of a 16-year-old male last night,” LAPD Commander Randy Foster said. “It appears to be a suicide.”

Foster and deputy fire chief Justin Grider confirmed the incident happened at the White Rock home of the juvenile.

Foster said the juvenile sustained a gunshot wound and his body was taken to the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigation in Albuquerque.

“That is standard procedure for any unattended death,” Foster said.

The police activity report said a suicide call came in at 8:29 p.m.

 Los Alamos Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said he is working on coordinating with the police chaplain in the hope of meeting meet with the family later today.

Schmidt also said that high school Principal Sandy Warnock has met with the staff and implemented the district’s “good grief” policy.

In addition, Schmidt said at least five additional counselors were sent to the high school this morning from other schools around the district.

“We are adequately staffed to meet the needs of the students,” Schmidt said.

 Warnock sent the following letter to high school parents and guardians Wednesday.

“It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Isaac Hayden, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School.

“Resources for comfort and solace were made available to staff and students upon their return to school today.  Counselors from the high school, mid school, and elementary schools, as well as district psychologists, were available for grief counseling for any student.  Counselors will follow Isaac’s class schedule today and tomorrow to ensure that grieving students will be comforted.  

“We will work together to assist students, parents, and staff members during this difficult time.

“I know you will join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to Isaac’s family, friends, and relatives.”

The Teen Center also will have counseling services available, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

More details to follow as they become available.