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Abilene ISD releases statement on death of AHS freshman student

ABILENE — The Abilene Independent School District has released a statement regarding the death of a 15-year-old a male Abilene High School freshman. The student was found dead in his Grapevine hotel room Friday morning on a school trip.

According to the statement, the Grapevine Police Department indicated that there is no evidence of foul play, nor evidence of the student intending self-harm. The GPD received the phone call regarding the death at 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to GPD Public information Officer, Amanda McNew. McNew said via telephone that there is no further information available at this time.

Statement from Dr. David Young, Abilene Independent School District Superintendent

"A 15-year-old 9th grade student at Abilene High School was found deceased in his hotel room Friday morning while on a school trip in Grapevine. Communication with the Grapevine Police Department indicates that there is no evidence of foul play or that the student had any intention of harming himself. Official information related to the cause of death will not be available until an investigation is completed by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

The Abilene Independent School District would like to thank the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District for immediately providing counseling and support services to our students and staff while they were travelling in another city. Administrative and counseling personnel from Abilene High School traveled to Grapevine to support our students on their journey home to Abilene. Our staff at AHS have been in the process of communicating with their parents and students, and we have made counselors available for students on campus who are in need of support.

Our prayers go out the family, to his friends and fellow students and to the entire AHS Eagle community. We ask you please respect the family’s privacy as they deal with this tragic loss."