Stone Bridge Student in Critical Condition After Suicide Attempt

An attempted suicide by a Stone Bridge High School prompted an investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy was found by a school employee shortly after 9:30 a.m. near the gymnasium area of the school. Emergency personnel responded to the Ashburn school and transported the student to Inova Loudoun Hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He was later taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. The student is listed in critical condition, the Sheriff’s Office said. No further details are being released regarding the student to help protect his identity.

At no time was there a threat to the school and there were no other students involved. Public Information Officer Wayde Byard said no weapons were involved.

Principal Matt Wilburn said counselors also are being made available to students to help deal with the “potentially stressful” situation.

In a released joint statement, Loudoun County Public Schools and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office stated that there are resources available for parents and students experiencing depression, suicidal thoughts or other behavioral crises.

Through Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services, help is available 24 hours, 7 days a week for anyone experiencing immediate and severe emotional crisis at 703-777-0320. Non-emergency appointments can be made at 703-771-5155. The Crisis Intervention Team Assessment Center, located at 102 Heritage Way (Shenandoah Building) in Leesburg, is open for walk-ins from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Mental health professionals are available for anyone in crisis. 

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  • 2016-12-15 at 9:46 pm
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    This incident has touched a raw nerve in our family. Academic stress (as mentioned by others) is not the only reason for such stress and depression. A bigger reason is school bullying.
    Our own child suffered relentless bullying at SBHS. What is worse is the attitude of SBHS authority. Crucial information about bullying was not shared with us; when our student complained with specific incident, it was ignored; even our own plea was met with denial and indifference. SBHS authority also uses crafty language to avoid any reference to ‘B’ word. This kind of behavior has a name – ‘criminal conspiracy of silence’. The greatest danger of bullying is the damage to the psyche. Bully culture is also very sophisticated. Many bullied students think that they are worthless and deserve to be bullied. I earnestly request all parents/guardians to talk to their students to find out whether their students are being bullied. If so, please provide urgent help to your students. We have learnt a lot from the internet about this matter after our own tragic experience.
    I sincerely hope that LCPS board will carry an unbiased investigation of this case and will make all the findings public.

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