Suicide of Shorewood sophomore shakes both sides of the district

Thursday, February 4, 2021

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A 10th grade student at Shorewood, Christopher Herrin, grade 10, died by suicide on January 27, 2021. He had attended middle school at Kellogg on the east corridor, then Shorewood for high school on the west corridor.

Christopher Herrin, previously known as Christopher Wickersham, attended Bay View Elementary School in Burlington, Washington for eight years. His teachers there remember him with great affection.

His death affected students across the district.

Both high schools set up zoom sessions for students who wanted to talk to someone. 

We are saddened by this loss and will make every effort to help our entire school community during this difficult time. - Shorewood 

Losses like these can trigger many emotions. 

The Shorecrest counseling staff is available to support your student. If you would like to reach a Shorecrest Counselor please reach out to our Counseling Office at 206-393-4282. Or, you can access information via our Counseling Webpage at https://www.shorelineschools.org/domain/1125

You can also always access the Safe Schools Alert Tipline to report a concern at any time (it is active 24 hours a day, every day of the year): https://shoreline-wa.safeschoolsalert.com/

Shorewood: Below is information and resources that may be useful to you in helping your student at home. If you would like any other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our school office at 206-393-4372.

Strategies for Families Coping with the Sudden Loss of a Friend or Loved One

Reactions among teens may be extremely variable in cases of sudden unexpected death or loss. There are generally four phases of grief: but not every person experiences these four phases in a linear process.
  1. Shock and Numbness (stunned, difficulty thinking clearly)
  2. Yearning and Searching (restless, angry, guilty, bewildered)
  3. Disorientation and Disorganization (extreme sadness, possible continued guilt and anger)
  4. Reorganization and Resolution (accept the loss)

It is especially important to encourage teens to talk about death by suicide openly. If needed, parents/guardians should consider looking to school and community resources for specialized support groups that include others dealing with a similar loss.

Community Resources:

Update 2-6-2021: material added from a reader


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