Police confirm student’s death was a suicide

UPDATED WEDNESDAY 12:35 P.M. — The death of a Greenwich High School student has been confirmed by school officials who sent out a statement Wednesday afternoon. According to police, sophomore Bartlomiej Palosz, 15, died Tuesday night of a self-inflicted gunshot wound,

Lt. Kraig Gray said on Wednesday that the preliminary investigation has revealed that the gun used was owned by the teenager’s family and had been stored inside a gun locker. A police investigation into the matter is ongoing.

“With respect to both the family and the sensitive nature of this type of investigation, no other information will be released at this time,” Lt. Gray said.

A press conference for media members will be held at 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Town hall to address the incident.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and teachers,” the school district said in the press release. School crisis teams have been convened at the high school, Western Middle School and New Lebanon School, the schools that he attended. Mental health personnel are providing counseling to anyone that is in need.”

No further details are expected to be released by the schools but this is an active police investigation and more is expected to be revealed at the press conference. Unconfirmed reports have said this student was a victim of bullying at the school, which began its new year on Tuesday.

“We take seriously the importance of a positive school climate and the safety and well-being of our students and staff,” the district said. “Any indications that a student is experiencing significant mental health distress is addressed at the school level by personnel trained to recognize and respond to these concerns. Importantly, if any staff member believes that a student poses a danger to him/herself, or others, parents are notified and the student is immediately referred to outside supports and providers.”

The police offered several potential sources for help for people in a crisis, including 911 and the United Way of Connecticut’s Crisis Hotline at 211. Additional help can be found from the Department of Children and Families Careline/Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services at 1-800-842-2288, the National Hopeline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433), the National Lifeline at 1-800-275-TALK (8255).

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