Yale Secondary in Abbotsford grieves loss of student

Abbotsford school offers counselling in wake of tragedy involving student taking his own life.

Students and staff at an Abbotsford school are reacting with shock and sadness over a tragedy involving one of their students this week.

The principal of Yale Secondary sent a letter to parents and guardians on Tuesday informing them that a Grade 10 student took his own life on Monday night.

The letter from Jay Pankratz names the student and encourages parents to discuss their children’s reactions and feelings about the matter.

It also indicates that special counselling services have been made available at the school.

“In addition to our grief over the loss of a member of our school community, we are sensitive to the fact that this will impact us all in different ways,” the letter states.