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Southern Delaware
UPDATE: Counseling available to Sussex Tech community following apparent student suicide  

GEORGETOWN -- Tragic heartbreak shrouded the Sussex Tech High School campus Friday over the apparent suicide of a Sussex Tech student.

A Sussex Tech High School staff member discovered the 15-year-old girl unresponsive in a restroom in the first-floor cafeteria area at about 11 a.m., Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said.

The staff member alerted other school staff and medical aid, including CPR was administered.

The student was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, Sgt. Shavack said.

The student’s identity was not released.

“The Sussex Technical School District is heartbroken over the tragic loss of one of our students,” said Sussex Tech spokeswoman Carolyn O’Neal. “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends of those involved. At this very difficult time, our focus is on providing counseling and support to our students and staff.”

School, district, and state-level resources were on-site Friday and “will continue to be available to provide counseling and support to our entire Sussex Tech family,” Ms. O’Neal said.

Any students in need of a counselor, outside of the school setting, are encouraged to call the 24-hour, 7-day a week crisis hotline at 1-800-969-HELP (4357).

For warning signs of suicide and depression, visit the Mental Health Association in Delaware website.

Preliminary state police investigation has determined that this incident has been classified as an apparent suicide amid an ongoing investigation, including circumstances surrounding this incident.

Troopers are working in coordination with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death, Sgt. Shavack said.

Sussex Technical High School remained on a low-level lockdown during the investigation.

There were no threats to the safety of the students or faculty during this incident, Sgt. Shavack said.

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GEORGETOWN – Delaware State Police are conducting a death investigation into the apparent suicide of a 15-year-old Georgetown female student that occurred at Sussex Technical High School earlier this morning, said Delaware State Police spokesperson Sgt Paul G. Shavack

The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. as a Sussex Technical High School staff member discovered the teen unresponsive inside of a restroom in the first-floor cafeteria area of the high school, Sgt. Shavack said. The staff member alerted other school staff of the situation and medical aid including CPR was administered.

She was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, said Sgt. Shavack.

“Preliminary investigation has determined that this incident has been classified as an apparent suicide and continues to be an ongoing investigation,” he said. “Troopers are working in coordination with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.”

Delaware State Police Detectives continue their investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident. Sussex Technical High School remained on a low-level lockdown during the continued investigation. There were no threats to the safety of the students or faculty during this incident. No weapons were utilized in this incident.


GEORGETOWN -- Sussex Tech High School students were staying in classrooms early Friday afternoon under precautionary lockdown after a student was found in distress and unconscious earlier this morning.

According to Sussex Tech Public Relations Coordinator Carolyn O’Neal, at about 11 a.m. Friday Sussex Tech High School initiated a low-level lockdown due to a student found in distress and rendered unconscious.

Medical attention was administered, 911 was called, the school’s emergency response plan was initiated and the student was transported to a local hospital.

As of 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, “students are staying in classrooms and continuing studies,” Ms. O’Neal said.

The name of the student was not released.

Additional information will be forwarded if and when available. Ms. O’Neal said.

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