Forum News Service, Published May 15 2013
Wisconsin school district mourns after two students commit suicideHAMMOND, Wis. - The St. Croix Central School District is mourning the loss of two high school students.
A statement by high school Principal Glen Webb on the district’s website said sophomore Erika Borgstrom, 16, and senior Dakotah Coach, 18, took their own lives early Tuesday.
“They will be missed greatly by all who knew them,” the statements reads. “Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to their families, friends and the entire community during this very difficult time.”
Media reports indicate Borgstrom and Coach jumped from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. The search for their bodies continues.
St. Croix Central students were given the news shortly after school began Tuesday. Counselors and clergy members are available to meet with students and staff over the next few weeks.
Coach and Borgstrom went missing Friday. At about 6:30 p.m., Borgstrom texted her mother that she would be home shortly. A short time later, relatives and friends of the girl received a text stating "I LOVE YOU." No further contact with Borgstrom was reported.
According to an alert issued by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network, Borgstrom had just received her driver’s license Friday. She then left home in her parents’ vehicle.