Whiteaker Middle School

A Whiteaker Middle School student died Friday night.

The 13-year-old boy was a sixth grader at the school. Authorities are still investigating the cause of death.

Keizer Police responded to a report of an unconscious subject at about 9:28 p.m. Medics responded, but were unable to resuscitate the child and he was pronounced dead shortly after.

Counselors were available for both students and teachers this week. Principal Laura Perez said it was conducted in a safe room. Roving substitute teachers were also on hand to relieve teachers who may need some time to themselves.

“This is particularly hard for those teachers who had him in class,” Perez said.

She sent a letter home to parents, informing them of a child’s death at the school and urging them to listen to any feelings of grief the child may be experiencing.