01-12-12 email to media about BGHS student's death

From: Herrington, Gregg

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2012 3:40 PM

To: Jacques VonLunen; Joanna Michaud; metrodesk@columbian.com; thedesk@katu.com; koindesk@koin.com; newsdesk@kgw.com; kptvnews@kptv.com

Cc: All District-Use with care!

Subject: student death





A Battle Ground High School student died this morning, off campus. I am forwarding to you (1) a copy of the letter from Principal Tim Lexow that went home with all students today and (2) the text of a message read to students in classrooms late in the day.


A team of school district counselors was at the school this afternoon to meet with any students or staffers wishing to discuss David’s death. The counselors will be back at the school all day Friday.


Perhaps because of the rural-but-close-knit nature of the district and its residents, the loss of a student or employee is deeply felt throughout Battle Ground Public Schools. Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family and many friends, at school and beyond.



1.    The letter from Tim Lexow is attached, as is the message titled “Adolescent Response to the Unexpected Death of a Peer,” which was printed on the back of Mr. Lexow’s letter.


2.    Here is the text of a message that teachers read to students in class:


“Students, we have some sad news to share with you this afternoon.


“One of our students, David Suetta, 11th grade, died this morning off campus.


“A death is always difficult to understand.


“Counselors will be available in our safe rooms the rest of the school day and all day tomorrow to offer assistance.


“As soon as we have more information, we will let you know.”



FYI: Battle Ground High School enrollment is 1,953. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the matter.



Gregg Herrington

Communications Director

(360) 885-5337


(Check us out at battlegroundps.org)