Distraught student triggers crisis response at Franklin High

Franklin High in Highland Park

Highland Park — Fire department paramedics were called and a crisis response counseling center established at Franklin High following an incident this week involving a distraught student.

It’s not exactly clear what the student  was doing or what might have prompted the incident. But a letter to Franklin High parents from Principal Regina Marquez-Martinez provided some details about what happened on Tuesday:

“There was an incident on campus yesterday that involved one of our students.  A female student was witnessed on one of the floor landings in a very distraught state.  The student was immediately assisted. Some of our students and staff were at the scene or in close proximity of the incident.”
L.A. Unified officials, which provided The Eastsider a copy of the letter, declined to comment further, citing student privacy.

The L.A. Fire Department received an “urgent medical request” from school police at about 1 pm on Tuesday, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.  An LAFD unit remained at the school for about 45 minutes before leaving without transporting any patients, he said.

The school made counselors available to students at a crises response center in the wake of the incident, said Marquez-Martinez in her letter.

“If you notice that your child may benefit from speaking to a counselor, please let me know and I will ensure that they are connected with support at our school,” she said.

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  1. My Franklin kid said it was another student who noticed that the distraught student student was in trouble and immediately ran to the main office for help.

    An enthusiastic “Good on ya!” to the student(s) who ran for help; and my family and I send our strongest encouragement and support to the distraught student, with the hope that life will soon improve.

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