Cornell Elementary School in the Okemos School District had classes canceled Tuesday after an apparent suicide on campus Monday.
The students were released early Monday afternoon after an “unresponsive individual” was found in the area, school officials said in a letter to parents Monday night. Schools have been locked down, they said.
“Students remain safely in classrooms for the remainder of the school day,” the letter said. “Additional steps have been taken to ensure students are safe and supervised at all times.”
Adults escorted the students in the hallway, and “classroom shutters were drawn and hallway windows were shaded to limit exposure to the conditions,” it said.
All Cornell events, including those before and after childcare, were canceled Tuesday. When classes resume Wednesday, counselors will be available to help students who need emotional support, officials said.
“Death can be difficult for us to understand, especially when it happens around us,” the letter reads. “Many of us will feel a range of emotions: shock, sadness, even a little confusion. The important thing is that we look out for each other and support each other.”
In the letter, school officials said police determined there was no active threat to the public and were investigating the death as a suicide.