December 20, 2014

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Counselors to be at middle school after student’s death

The suicide of a Durling Middle School student this weekend has grief counselors scheduled to be at the school Tuesday.

A 12-year-old boy hanged himself, according to Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans. Clearview Superintendent Jerome Davis said he spoke briefly Saturday with the boy’s mother and offered condolences.

The suicide is the third in the county within a year involving a child. In October, a 16-year-old Keystone High School student in LaGrange committed suicide. In May, 14-year-old Parti Holland, a Sheffield Middle School student whose friends and parents said he was bullied at school, hanged himself.

“It’s all senseless,” said Montay Lind, who said her son and daughter attended school with the boy before they moved to Lorain Schools. “Something has to be done.”

Davis said Durling doesn’t have a formal suicide prevention program, but counselors can help students who are feeling depressed.

Clearview Board of Education member Danny Parsons said administrators and teachers care deeply about their students.

“It’s a traumatic blow to Durling, as it would be for any school district, to lose a child,” Parsons said. “Kids’ lives are very precious.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.