Purvis student’s death ruled suicide

Published: Apr. 28, 2016 at 6:11 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 26, 2018 at 4:25 PM CST
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PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - An incident occurred around noon Thursday at Purvis High School.

A student died in his car in the parking lot of the school.

"It's an ongoing investigation being handled by Purvis Police and Lamar County Sheriff's Department," said Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.

According to Lamar County Coroner Cody Creel, the death has been ruled as a suicide.

Lamar County School Superintendent Tess Smith released the following statement about the incident:

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. Today, one of our high school students passed away while on campus. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire District, especially our students.

We have organized a Crisis Intervention Team made up of our school counselors, school nurses, and local ministers to help with the needs of the students, parents, and school personnel at this difficult time. This team is available for students who many need or want help or any other type of assistance surrounding this loss. We encourage parents and guardians to also take advantage of these resources.

We are saddened by the loss in our school community. We will make every effort to provide you and your child counseling services as needed. If you would like additional information about counseling or need assistance, please contact MaryAnn Lambeth, Counseling Services Coordinator at 601-794-6221.

The letter was sent to parents of Purvis and Baxterville students.

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