Memorial grows near site where 14-year-old hanged herself at school

Mourners hold moment of silence

MARION, Ind. - Students and staff at McCulloch Junior High School returned to class with heavy hearts Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a 14-year-old girl hanged herself from the school bleachers.

Before school began, some students organized a moment of silence for Braylee Rice.

Mourners held hands around the school flag flying at half-staff.

A memorial is growing near the site where a group of students found Rice's body.

School administrators said their focus is helping students cope with tragedy.

"Suicide under 14 years old, it's not prevalent, and it is a challenge. That's why we elected to keep school in session yesterday," said Stephen Edwards, superintendent of Marion schools. "We didn't want students going home to empty homes. Certainly, we fear about the safety and well-being of these students, how they handle this emotionally. This is a very, very difficult age."

Grief counselors will be at school for the rest of the week.

Administrators said they will review policies and procedures in the coming days and make adjustments, if needed.

Though some have speculated the girl's suicide may be connected to bullying, school officials said there is no indication of that.

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