The Hermiston School District announced today that it has been notified of the deaths of a current senior and a recent graduate.
The district released the following statement:
This is a difficult day for our staff and students. When things like this happen, everyone reacts differently, including sadness, fear and anger. A virtual safe room has been set up by members of the crisis flight team to assist students dealing with today’s news.
The district asks for parent and community support by keeping an eye out for those students, or staff members, that may be struggling with the news. If a student is struggling with the news, counselors are available to provide emotional support.
We are heartbroken for the affected families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and the friends of the students.
No names were released and it is unknown if the student and recent graduate were the same two people who were found dead on Sagebrush Road in Hermiston Thursday night. The names of the victims were not released by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office. More information is expected to be released sometime today.