Posted Monday, April 15th 2013 @ 3pm
Jaylin May, an eighth grader at Washington Middle School in Springfield IL., took his life on Friday, April 12th, 2013 by hanging himself at his residence. Washington Middle School students and those who are aware of the situation say that Jaylin May was a victim of name-calling and harassment about sexual orientation.
Below is the reponse from Springfield Public Schools - District 186 on facebook:
The faculty and staff of Washington Middle School and Springfield Public Schools are deeply saddened to learn of the reported death of an eighth-grade student over the weekend.
Counselors, teachers, and a crisis response team are at Washington to help our school community deal with this loss. We are doing everything that we can to support our students and our staff through this tragic experience.
On behalf of our staff and students, we thank you for your concern, support, and sensitivity during this difficult time, especially as we learn more about the cause of death and take pro-active steps to reach out to one another.