AUGUSTA, GA – Paine College announced Thursday the death of one of their students in the result of an apparent suicide.
The student was discovered in a residential hall at about 8:45 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, April 17. For the sake of the family’s privacy, the student name will not be released at this time, according to Paine’s president Dr. Jerry L. Hardee.
“This is a very difficult time for everyone in the Paine College family,” said Hardee. “I have been touch with the deceased student’s Family to express our condolences and offer support on behalf of the College community.”
All classes scheduled for Thursday, April 18, were canceled. Classes will resume on Monday, April 22. The Chapel opened for all members of the Paine College family who wish to gather there. Grief counselors were on hand to help students cope with the loss of their classmate.
The President and CEO, Founder of the HBCU Campaign Fund, Demetrius Johnson, Jr., released a statement in support of Paine College and the family of the student.
President Johnson urges that we must help those who may be at risk and be more accessible to those who need it, that’s feeling suicidal. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or need someone to talk to, please provide help by giving the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.