Authorities: Death at Ypsilanti school ‘non-violent’

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Police are investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy who fell at a school in Ypsilanti on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The incident happened at 2:30 p.m. at Ypsilanti International High School on Emerick Street near Ecorse and Tyler roads, according to police. The student was an eighth-grader attending Washtenaw International Middle Academy, which shares a building with the high school.

Ypsilanti police responded to a call that a student had fallen at the school. Police have not confirmed, however, media reports that the student fell from the roof of the building.

Officers found the boy a short distance from the school. He was deceased and had severe head and face trauma, according to police.

“Preliminary investigation so far shows no signs of foul play, yet the investigation is in its early stages,” police said.

Wednesday evening, Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Benjamin Edmondson said the incident was non-violent. He declined to provide further details.

“This is very difficult for our community,” he said. “We’re a small community.”

Class was in session at the time of the incident. A check of students attending class revealed a student was missing, officials said.

The name of the student has not been released.

School will resume Thursday and grief counselors will be on site for students and other community members, Edmondson said.

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