** This is an unfolding, developing story which is still under investigation. We will provide details as they are made available by official sources.
Update at 9:45 a.m.:
Kingston K-14 School District Superintendent Alex McCaul has sent out a letter to parents and guardians about this morning's student death at Kingston High School. It reads:
Dear Parent or Guardian:
This letter is to inform you of a sad tragedy that occurred at the senior high school this morning. Sadly, a student took their life this morning. The incident involved only one student and is being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff's Department. No other students were endangered.
A team of counselors were assembled today to provide support for students and staff. We will have a team of counselors available for students and staff tomorrow morning when students return to classes.
We are doing all we can to provide the best environment for students under the difficult circumstances. Mrs. Manson, Ms. Jameson, Mrs. King and additional qualified staff will be available to counsel students as needed for the remainder of the week.
Out of respect for the family we are not releasing any further details regarding the incident. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of need.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a student at school this morning.
Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said they were called to Kingston High School at 7:40 a.m. regarding the death of a student.
“There has been one death and at this point we believe the students and school are safe,” said Jacobsen. “This investigation is still in the early stages and it’s too premature to call it a suicide.”
Jacobsen said it was a 17-year-old senior in high school who passed away. He added there are several detectives at the school and they were dismissing school at 9 a.m.
“We are in the early stages right now and we don’t believe there is any danger to any of the other staff or students,” said Jacobsen. “We believe this to be an isolated incident. The family has been notified.”
This is a developing story and the Daily Journal will bring more details as they become available.