PCPS mourns second student suicide in nine days

September 10, 2019 | Headlines

PONCA CITY β€” For the second time in two weeks, students, staff and the community is dealing with a teen suicide.

On Aug. 30, Braydon Aaron Rutz,16, committed suicide. (view obituary here)
On Sept. 9, Aidan Hundley, 15, committed suicide. A Go Fundme has been set up for the Hundley family.

Ponca City police and ambulance responded to the call at 3:12 p.m. Monday. According to the Ponca City police logs, Hundley died before arriving at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Tonight Ponca City Public School Superintendent Shelley Arrott released the following statement.

β€œIt is with great sadness I am reporting another loss to our school family, Aidan Hundley, on Sept. 9. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Hundley family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. Our counselors, district therapists, and school psychologists have met with individual students as well as groups of students collectively and have been a continued presence at the high school since the loss of Rutz last week. We have taken many steps as a school community to move forward. We are bringing in state agencies to work with our local agencies and school officials to devise a plan to educate staff, parents, and patrons to support students and work toward recovery. Action has been taken to bring our community, parents, law enforcement, support agencies, clergy, and staff together as a team to support our students and educate everyone about how to recognize and report the signs of mental stress.”

Arrott said the school district will continue to have counselors, therapists, and psychologists available throughout the day and during activities to support all students and staff. Any interested student or staff member can contact Kirk Hollis, district therapist, at 580-718-3827.

At least one Facebook group has been created in the wake of these two tragedies in an attempt to reach out to youth. Parents and Children for Life can be accessed here.