CSISD counselors work with students after classmate dies

POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 9:37pm

What was supposed to be a fun game of dodge-ball during 5th period gym class Tuesday ended in tragedy when 15-year-old Jacob Simmons, a sophomore, collapsed.

CPR was immediately administered and a defibrillator was used until EMS arrived but Simmons later died after being rushed to the College Station Med.

News that left friends, family, classmates and even teachers in disbelief.

"It's certainly a very tough time for us," said CSISD Superintendent, Eddie Coulson. "Our hearts go out to Jacob's family: his brothers and sisters, mom and dad and extended family."

A crisis counseling team was at the school Wednesday to help those who are grieving and Mary-Clare Carden, Director of Spiritual Care at St. Joseph Hospital, says talking about what happened is a critical step in the healing process.

"When a young person dies so unexpectedly, the meaning of life comes up as a question especially for teenagers because they're already trying to figure out what life's meaning is at this point in their life."

Carden says parents should look out for changes in their child's behavior because that may point to signs of depression.

CSISD tells us counselors will remain in the school for as long as they're needed.


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