Berthoud High School opens doors to grieving students, staff, parents

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BERTHOUD, Colo. — Berthoud High School opened its doors to grieving students, staff and parents on Sunday afternoon.

A 15-year-old student was found dead in the school Thursday morning after his parents called police because they were concerned for his safety.  The Larimer County Coroner’s Office later determined he took his own life.

Classes were canceled Thursday and Friday.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss,” Thompson School District superintendent Stan Scheer said in a statement Friday. “This has been an especially difficult time.”

The high school was open Sunday for staff members, according to school officials. From 2-3 p.m., students and parents were allowed to visit the school and speak with grief counselors.

Officials from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office provided support, according to Thompson School District officials.

Most, but not all, people who die by suicide exhibit warning signs.

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

If you, or someone you know is dealing with depression, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.