By Trent Moore
Falkville High School students faced a harrowing task Friday, returning to classes the day after a classmate committed suicide by hanging herself in a bathroom at the school.
Emily Robbins, 16, was found hanging in a high school bathroom stall Thursday at approximately 12:30 p.m. and was then transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to a release from the Falkville Police Department. A suicide note was found with her.
Classmates believe she was likely upset over a romantic breakup.
“We’re just all trying to get through the day,” Guidance Counselor Ken James said.
Principal Sue Wood said the loss of Robbins has hit everyone at the school extremely hard.
“It’s very difficult for everyone — faculty and students alike,” she said. “It’s just always difficult when something like this happens.”
To help students cope with the death, guidance counselors and faculty from other Morgan County schools have come to Falkville to lend a hand.
“We have counselors on campus, and we are allowing students to seek any counseling they may need,” Wood said.
She added that the students have banded together in the face of this tough situation.
“We’re just allowing them to be together,” she said. “We’re letting them cling to each other to do what they need to do to get through this.”
Through counseling, James said the students are doing their best to process what happened.
“It varies greatly,” he said of how the students are handling the loss. “We’re all just trying.”
The Falkville Police Department first received a call about the suicide at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Officers responded and found that the high school staff was performing CPR on a student,” the release said. “The student was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead by the coroner. The student was found hanging in a bathroom stall by faculty staff. The student left a suicide note nearby.”
Classmates held a candlelit vigil in memory of Robbins Thursday evening at Fairview Church of God.
The incident is still under investigation by the Falkville Police Department and is considered ongoing. An autopsy has been ordered by the coroner’s office, which will be performed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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By Trent Moore