BILLINGS - Two Park High School students died in a week from apparent suicide, and on Tuesday Livingston School District Superintendent Rich Moore said the whole community is taking action to address the crisis.
Moore said that to his knowledge there have never been two student suicides so close to each other in the district before. Parents and community members met Monday night for a forum to discuss teen suicide, and another open discussion will be held March 1 at Park High School.
The first death occurred Feb. 14, and a Livingston Police Department news release said the second student was found dead Monday morning after apparently dying Sunday night.
Moore said last week the school district sent 25 professionals from various agencies and organizations to help students process the first death. Those professionals were called in again Monday and are available to students through the school day and after hours.
“With ongoing support for those that were in need we monitor students who, maybe, that we have greater concern with and we track those students period by period and make sure they’re connected,” Moore said.
The school has just over 500 students and two counselors on staff throughout the year. Moore said classes were less rigorous on Monday and students could leave early if their parents picked them up from campus.