Columbus student saved from overdose by students, staff and SRO

Columbus Police Department

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — A Columbus East High School student was saved by quick thinking from fellow students, staff and a school resource officer.

The 16-year-old is believed to have attempted suicide by overdosing on pills, according to 24-Hour News 8’s partner, The Republic.

Students found the teen around 8:45 a.m. on Monday. They ran to the school nurse.

Larry Perkinson, the student assistance coordinator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. said other students contacted the deans about disturbing social media posts the teen made.

The school resource officer, Julie Quesenbery grabbed naloxone before assisting the girl.

She administered two doses of naloxone and told dispatchers the girl was coming around.

School officials are working with students on suicide prevention.

“We know that if we need more assistance, we have some great folks in BCSC who will be here,” Perkinson said. “And they will respond quickly.”

“The emphasis has been to bolster that impulse to help their friends and neighbors … In my time here, I’ve seen kids do a lot. You’ve gotta love them for that.”