PALMDALE – In the wake of the tragic suicide of 13-year-old Hillview Middle School student Nigel Hardy, Westside Union School District has announced plans to hold a forum for the community to ask questions and raise concerns.
The Westside Union School District Community Forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 at Hillview Middle School, located at 40525 Peonza Lane in Palmdale.
Organizers will provide information on suicide prevention, coping with loss, and school safety issues, including combating bullying, according to a news release.
“We are heartbroken over this tragedy,” stated District Superintendent Regina Rossall. “Any time we lose a child, we have to ask ourselves what happened and if there is anything we could have done better.”
“We want the forum to be one more step in the community’s effort to understand and cope with this loss as well as talk about what we all can do to prevent these tragedies,” Rossall continued.
Seventh grader Nigel Hardy reportedly shot himself in the head in a Rosamond restaurant on April 15 and was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital a short time later. The teen’s family had reported him missing that morning, after his father found a suicide note in Nigel’s room and discovered that his handgun was missing, sheriff’s officials said.
The 13-year-old had been despondent over an incident at school that resulted in him being temporarily suspended, sheriff’s officials said.
For more information on Wednesday’s Community Forum, contact Westside Union School District at 661-722-0716.
(Information via press release from Westside Union School District.)
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