Grief counseling offered after deaths of 2 Grovetown students

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Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 4:21 PM EST
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Parents, school employees and kids are mourning the deaths of two students from Grovetown within two days.

In separate incidents, both students committed suicide.

On Thursday at about 8:30 p.m., Grovetown police responded to an address in the city in reference to a suicide involving a juvenile who was a student at Grovetown Middle School.

Then on Friday at about 6:45 a.m., police responded to a second address in the city in reference to the suicide of a student at the Columbia County Alternative School.

Both cases are being investigated by Grovetown police and there is no indication they are related. In both cases, the Columbia County Board of Education was notified and kept apprised of the investigations.

“These incidents are both horrible and tragic and have devastated the respective families, friends, fellow students, and faculty,” the Grovetown Department of Public Safety said in a statement. “We encourage anyone who may be having thoughts of suicide to please not give in to them and to reach out for help.”

School administrators notified parents of the tragedy and explained the school’s immediate efforts to facilitate grief counseling, as needed, for students and employees.

The district is encouraging parents to speak with their children and let school administrators know if any further supports are needed.

Columbia County School System spokeswoman Abbigail Remkus said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Grovetown Middle School community and all those impacted by this loss.”

For access to services and immediate crisis help, call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 800-715-4225, available 24 hours every day.

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