Ypsilanti school dealing with bullying now coping with student's suicide

Posted at 6:52 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 12:24:44-04

Classmates and a school community are trying to come to grips with the death of a young student who took her own  life. 

The funeral for 12-year old Kaylynn Waller of Sumpter Township was held Tuesday in Monroe.

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At Lincoln Middle School in Ypsilanti, where Kaylynn attended classes, resources including grief counselors have been made available to students. 

"We are very sorry for the death of the child and our prayers and thoughts go out to the family," said Sean McNatt, superintendent of Lincoln Consolidated Schools.

A letter on the district's website addressed concerns over bullying in the school that have circulated widely on social media in the days since her death on March 16.

"The police have an ongoing investigation," McNatt told 7 Action News.  "I've been in contact with their (Sumpter Twp.) detective as well as their chief of police and the statement they share with me is that at this time, or at this point in time, there is no sign of bullying or any kind of peer conflict, so that's what we know right now."

Two parents, who asked to remain anonymous, said bullying is an issue in the school. McNatt acknowledges it is a serious problem in schools today. 

"Yes, there's bullying in this community, there's bullying pretty much in every community I've seen and the social media covers a lot of that too," McNatt said.

The superintendent said communication was a key in confronting the problem. 

"I would say it's definitely more prevalent in this generation than it was before you had all the Instagrams and Facebook and the cell phones," said McNatt. A lot of things happen outside the school day as well."