He was a sixth-grade student at Highland School
Authorities responded to the report of a suicide early Wednesday in Crookston, and Crookston School District Superintendent Chris Bates, in a statement, confirmed that a sixth-grade boy who attended Highland School had taken his own life.
The Crookston Police Department and Crookston Ambulance responded to Washington Avenue on a report of an unresponsive male juvenile. Police Chief Paul Biermaier says the CPD is currently conducting an investigation into the death of the 11 year old boy.
"At this time there is no indication anyone else was involved with the death and there is no public safety concern with regard to this incident," explained Biermaier. "No other information will be released from the CPD at this time."
"An autopsy will be conducted at the UND Forensic Pathology Center in Grand Forks," he added.
Counselors are available at the school to anyone who needs them, Superintendent Bates has said.
“We have profound sympathy for the family this young man left behind. We have strong concerns for the other sixth grade students that lost a friend. We have lost a member of our school family and we are working diligently to provide assistance and comfort for the people he left behind,” the superintendent said in the statement. “We are working with outside agencies to assist teachers, students and staff. Right now our focus needs to be with the family, our teachers, our students, and our staff.”