The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that the person who committed suicide inside the Buchanan Town Hall building Tuesday was a juvenile. The 16-year-old boy sustained a self-inflicted facial injury in the incident that happened just before 1:30 p.m.
In a release Wednesday by the Kimberly Area School District, officials say he was a student at Kimberly High School.
“It is with deep sorrow that we were informed that an 11th grade male student died unexpectedly on Tuesday afternoon,” said Nicole Noonan, Marketing and Community Coordinator. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends during this difficult time.”
The release states that the Kimberly Area School District’s Trauma Team activated their Trauma plan on Tuesday. Grief counseling is being provided for students and staff.
“In addition, the Kimberly Area School District is encouraging parents and guardians to speak to their child about this very sad event as it is important to discuss the realities of teen suicide and to learn how their own child may be reacting to this information,” said Noonan. “Suicide is a national issue and our entire community continues to work on this. It is vitally important that we continue our awareness of suicide prevention resources and the necessity of access to mental health care.”