MARION – Investigators say a Marion middle school student used a tie to hang herself Monday morning.
During a briefing Monday afternoon, investigators said 14-year-old Braylee Rice left gym class between 8:40 and 9 a.m., went out to bleachers near the track and used the tie to hang herself.
Police said no one saw the seventh grader kill herself, though students and a teacher found her at the bleachers. The coroner listed her time of death at 10:25 a.m.
The school said there had been speculation about bullying related to the student’s death, but added that it was too early to know if that’s the case.
The school didn’t dismiss for the day, although parents could pick their children up at their discretion. The school was never on lockdown, district officials said. Grief counselors were on hand to talk to students and students and staff and will continue to be made available as needed.
All school activities for Monday were canceled.