College Mourns Death of Student
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Washington College community is grieving the death of a student found dead in his residence hall Monday evening, Sept. 9, after an apparent suicide. Public Safety officers made the discovery at 7 p.m. on the third floor of Caroline House. The Chestertown Police Department investigated and made the initial determination that the death was a suicide. The College has not released the name of the student, a junior from Maryland, because his family has not yet been reached.
The College’s Counseling Center staff, along with members of the Eastern Shore Mobile Crisis Team, were in the student center in Hodson Hall Commons talking with students until late Monday. The Counseling Center will be open for extended hours tomorrow and throughout the week as needed.
President Mitchell Reiss met with students in Hodson Hall Commons to share his sense of grief and to encourage them to support each other and avail themselves of the services of the professional counselors. In an email sent to students, faculty and staff, he wrote, “Our thoughts will be with the family and other loved ones as they deal with this devastating loss. This kind of tragedy has a great impact on everyone in the community, and the hours and days to come will be difficult for many.”
The College has planned a vigil for the deceased student to be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at noon on Martha Washington Square, a brick terrace in the heart of the campus.