Area mourns loss by suicide
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:40pm admin
CRESCO - Howard-Winneshiek Supt. John Carver received a call on Monday afternoon, April 17, from Sheriff Mike Miner. He learned a student had committed suicide.
After his initial shock, he started to implement the district’s protocol, getting in touch with Keystone AEA Crisis Response Team, so there would be counselors available for staff and students right away Tuesday morning.
A meeting was called that morning to inform staff of some of the details, including the name of the 16-year-old student, sophomore Kyler Bina.
“We used the library at the high school and Mr. Sickles’ room at the junior high as a quiet place,” Carver related. The Keystone counselors were there as well as H-W’s own counselors.
“The message we are giving the kids is there are always people here at the school to talk with you.”
The superintendent went on to say, “We have had an outpouring of support for kids and adults.”
Tuesday, 7-12 Principal Chris Rogne sent out an e-mail to all parents and caregivers informing them of the situation and giving them tips on helping their child deal with their emotions.
What can you do as a parent?
1. Be available and willing to discuss the events and honestly share your feelings about them.
2. Allow your student to express fears and feelings. Let him/her question things without being judgmental.
3. Maintain your daily routines as it offers students a sense of security.
4. Be present and watchful of your student in the days and weeks ahead. Watch for any changes in behavior. If you do notice changes, talk them over with a school counselor.
5. Give assurance of love, support and safety.
6. Be patient. Students may express a variety of emotions within a short period of time.
On Wednesday, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco had a time of discussion for youth and parents, which was attended by around 50 individuals.
Visitation is Sunday, April 23 at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco from 2-5 p.m. The funeral service is Monday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
See the full obituary on Page A12.