Counselors on hand: Green Forest schools react to student’s death

Friday, February 2, 2018

A 15-year-old sophomore at Green Forest High School has died of an apparent suicide, sources told the Carroll County News on Thursday.

Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that deputies are investigating the death of a 15-year-old male in the Oak Grove area. Because of the victim’s age, Frye said his identity Is being withheld.

Frye confirmed that the victim suffered an apparent gunshot wound. He said the state medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Superintendent Matt Summers said Green Forest High School had all school counselors present on the campus Thursday. Youth Bridge and local pastors and church youth leaders were also on campus to counsel students, he said.

“Youth Bridge has a crisis team on site,” Summers said. “They’ve been of great assistance. Other schools in the area have also reached out to offer support.”

He said students were allowed to visit with Youth Bridge and the other counselors on the campus at any time during the school day.

“Youth Bridge will be on campus Friday as well,” Summers said. “There will also be a school-wide call to high school parents, and a letter will be going home talking about prevention and what parents can talk about with their children.”

He said the Green Forest School District is very grateful for the community support during this difficult time.

“We can’t express enough thanks to the community, the Youth Bridge team and to our local church leaders for their support and assistance in this difficult time,” Summers said.

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