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Richlands High School student dies in apparent suicide

(WVVA) A second student at Richlands High School has reportedly taken their own life.

School principal Kimberly Ringstaff confirms that sophomore Kayla Hodges passed away on Monday.

“Yesterday afternoon we were notified that Kayla Hodges, a tenth grade honor roll student at Richlands High School, had passed away.  Kayla just returned from Virginia Beach competing in the State Skills USA contest in Automotive Technology.  She was loved by her classmates and the faculty and staff of Richlands High School.  During this time of mourning, our thoughts and prayers are with Kalya’s family and friends.”–Kimberly Ringstaff, Richlands High School Principal.

Students at Richlands High walked out of class Tuesday morning and meet briefly at the flagpole in front of the school.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office declined to to say how Kayla died. They tell us it is an active investigation.

The death comes six months to the day that 15-year-old Justin Dye took his own life. Dye was also a sophomore student at the high school.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

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-photo submitted by student at Richlands High School

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