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Tacoma middle school girl dies after fall off freeway overpass

Extra counselors were at Giaudrone Middle School in Tacoma on Monday, following the weekend death of a student, school district officials said.

Tacoma police reported Friday afternoon that someone jumped or fell from the South 48th Street bridge over Interstate 5, and school officials confirmed Monday that the victim was a Giaudrone student. She was taken to a Seattle hospital, where she died Saturday. On Monday, the King County Medical Examiners’ office ruled the death a suicide.

Tacoma Public Schools spokesman Dan Voelpel said that counselors met with staff before school started Monday to coach them in how to talk to students about the girl’s death. He said district counselors and police and fire department chaplains were meeting with students in small groups.

He said Giaudrone staff and students were also informed about a request from the dead student’s mother for privacy during the family’s time of grief. She asked that the family not be contacted, he said.

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