BEAVER — The dead body of a teenage girl was found in the bathroom of Beaver High School on Monday sometime after school had let out.
At approximately 4:45, a teacher at Beaver High School entered an upstairs bathroom inside the school where she found the body of a 17-year-old high school junior, Beaver County School Superintendent Ray Terry said.
A handgun was also found next to the girl’s body; however, authorities have not yet released whether the gun had any involvement in the girl’s death, Terry said. It is also unknown at this time whether or not this incident was a suicide or caused by some other means.
“Until there has been an official determined cause-of-death we can’t say for certain,” Terry said.
To help students who may be negatively affected by the incident, or may feel the need to speak to somebody, Terry said, the school district has formulated a crisis response team.
“The team is made up of licensed clinical therapists and high school counselors,” Terry said. “Because of the nature of our small community … we actually had a therapist go to Milford High School as well as the four counselors and therapists at Beaver High School.”
Students who may be wishing to reach out to some of these services are encouraged to speak to their high school counselors, Terry said. Adults and other Beaver County residents can call the Southwest Behavioral Health Center at anytime to seek out help as well.
“So we do have some resources that are available for (everyone),” Terry said. “As limited as they may be, they are still very good.”
Ed. Note: Correction made on date.
- Southwest Behavioral Health Center | 24-hour Telephone: 1-800-574-6763
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 1-800-273-8255
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