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West Richland Teenager Dies After Shooting Himself, School Helping Students Cope

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WEST RICHLAND, WA - Students and staffers in West Richland are still in mourning after an 8th grader from Enterprise Middle School died by suicide this weekend. 
   
The Enterprise Middle School principal sent a letter home with students Monday letting parents know about the eighth grader's death this weekend.

The letter says they are deeply saddened by the loss of one of their students and extends their sympathy and support to the family. 

Monday counselors from the other schools in the district were at Enterprise Middle School available for any student wishing to talk about what happened. 

Administrators said counselors are always there and students are encouraged to talk with them at any time if they are concerned about a classmate or want to share their own feelings. 

 "We encourage students if they hear things going on at school or hear things going on with friends, they're encouraged to talk with a principal or a counselor or a teacher, we want to know what's going on," said Steve Aagaard, RSD Communications Director. 

The school has also offered parents a list of ideas to help their children cope plus a list of behaviors to watch out for such as excessive anger, problems in school and sleeping or eating disorders. 

The district is encouraging parents make themselves available for their kids and answer any questions they may have.


PREVIOUS COVERAGE - West Richland Police say a 13-year-old boy died after shooting himself Saturday.

Police say they were called out to a home in West Richland just after 7:00 Saturday night and found the 13-year-old boy with a fatal gunshot wound; paramedics could not revive him.

Police suspect no foul play and are investigating it as a suicide.

Richland School District Administrators say they will have faculty available Monday for students who need to talk at Enterprise Middle School.

Police have not released the boy's name.

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