Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District is grieving the loss of Asher Brown.
Hamilton Middle School students are wrestling with the loss of a classmate. When a person takes his own life, the question asked is, "Why?" In their quest for an answer, a few will assign blame to try to make sense of the tragedy. In order to support Hamilton Middle School students during this time, the district has expanded services from the counseling and psychological departments.
As a result of this tragedy and the allegations of bullying made by his parents since his death, district administrators have launched a full-scale investigation. The investigation includes, but is not limited to, a extensive review for the past two years of visitor sign-in records, assistant principals' and counselors' records, phone logs, interviews with assistant principals and counselors, statements from Asher's seventh- and eighth-grade teachers, and interviews with students and parents. Although the investigation has not concluded, the district can share initial findings:
* Upon enrollment, his mother reported his personal history, which included post-traumatic stress disorder.
* Asher had established relationships and accessed both his sixth-and seventh-grade counselors.
* His recent academic progress report reflected all A's in his classes and his class conduct was excellent.
* Prior to Asher Brown's death, the parents made no contact with the school regarding concerns of bullying.
* Although the campus did not receive concerns from the family regarding bullying, his mother contacted his counselor approximately two weeks prior to his death requesting assistance from school staff members in monitoring Asher's behavior due to a significant emotional struggle within the family. Asher's counselor alerted all his teachers and assistant principal of their family's situation.
* The following week, an assistant principal followed up with Asher's mother by phone.
* District administrators have been unable to substantiate specific instances of alleged bullying of Asher; however, some student information indicates a perception that Asher was mistreated by classmates, but those concerns were not reported.
The additional allegations included in media reports have delayed concluding the investigation.