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Edmond students' parents learn of worker suicide threat

Sequoyah Middle School parents were sent a letter explaining that a support employee spoke of considering suicide and causing harm to others Monday.
BY DIANA BALDWIN dbalwin@opubco.com Modified: November 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012
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/articleid/3730369/1/pictures/1889196">Photo - New mural of cougars, the school mascot, at Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
New mural of cougars, the school mascot, at Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

At the time of the incident, Galloway wrote, a coach gave a directive to some student athletes to stay out of the building because of a gas leak, but there was no gas leak.

“The coach's intent was to provide a response that would limit additional inquiry from students so that police could quickly and effectively assist the employee,” Galloway wrote. “We are sorry for any confusion this may have caused. We assure you that the care and safety of your children is a top priority.”

Eight officers went to the school once police were notified about the statements, Monroe said.

“Each shift within the police department has mental health-trained officers working,” Monroe said. “We receive mental health/check the welfare calls almost every single day and these officers are very valuable to our department, this city and these families involved in the crisis at the time.

“They are usually the first one to make contact with the person in distress and work diligently to assess the needs and find the appropriate help.”

Contributing: Staff Writer Robert Medley

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