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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 Modified: November 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012

— Sequoyah Middle School parents were notified Tuesday that a support employee spoke of suicide and harm to others after school on Monday.

Edmond Public Schools administrators have taken and will continue to take steps to handle the matter, according to the letter signed by Jason Galloway, Sequoyah Middle School principal.

Classes continued as usual Tuesday at the school at 1125 E Danforth Road, said Edmond district spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp.

The employee, who was not identified, was not at the school Tuesday.

The man was at the school when he called a 211 suicide help line before 5 p.m. Tuesday and said he was having thoughts of harming himself and others, said Jennifer Monroe, Edmond police spokeswoman.

Police trained in mental health went to the school to assist the employee, who was then questioned in a classroom, the letter stated. The employee was taken to a facility for a mental health evaluation.

“The employee was alone when the crisis call was made and at no time did the employee come into contact with students after placing the call,” Galloway wrote. “The employee did not have a weapon.”

Classes were over for the day, but 40 to 50 student athletes were on the school property, officials said.

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