Richland school offering counseling after student’s death

Richland High School officials are offering counseling to students and staff after a 16-year-old student died by suicide Wednesday morning.

Jack R. Shulins-Briggs was found in a car in a church parking lot, said Benton County Deputy Coroner Dennis Morris.

School officials told students about his death during Thursday’s first-period classes, according to a letter sent to parents from Richland High School Principal Tim Praino.

“Everyone grieves differently, and we ask all Bombers to please take care of one another during this difficult time,” Praino said. “We know suicide can be a difficult topic to discuss and process.”

A GoFundMe campaign, organized by a family friend to help the student’s family, said the Richland High and Columbia Basin College student was an athlete who excelled in several sports.

“Jack ... left behind a ton of people who loved him very much,” the organizer wrote. “Life will never be the same for all of us who lost this great kid at such a young age.”

People can donate at bit.ly/BriggsFuneral.

Praino shared information from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide on ways parents can talk to their children about suicide.

People needing help can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.