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Christian County sheriff’s deputies and school resource officers are investigating the death of a student on the Nixa Junior High School campus on Dec. 15.

Jake Johnston, an eighth grade student, was confirmed to be the student who died in what Principal Jared Webster called a “tragic event.”

At this time, no other students are believed to be in danger. Nixa Public Schools will dismiss students from the school at their regular times.

Nixa Public Schools Communications Officer Zac Rantz said that additional counselors will be available for students and teachers as part of a crisis response team.

“We will do the best we can,” Rantz said of the school district’s response.

Parents who are concerned about their child's reaction to the on campus death are encouraged to contact their child's teachers, counselors and/or school administrators.

(27) comments

Tone Tone

I didn’t not know Jake. I did go to the vigil and the funeral and I feel like I missed out on knowing him. Suicide is real and it’s painful. I have lost several friends and family to this awful disease. I have read the comments. For his friends please get a hold of me I want to make a suicide awareness group. I want to be a go to person for anyone even teens who are going through a hard time and don’t know who they can talk to. This can also help with OUR own personal stories of losing someone to suicide. I want to make a change and help kids. I have a sc and a fb account. Again for the friends that knew him..Ethan and the other people here please message me my fb is Tony Wahl and my sc is ms.hilton2014 yes I am a guy the sc is just a name. Let’s fight his together guys!

Austin Beasley

To be honest, I don’t know the kid. I’m a Senior in the Nixa High School but we were at an assembly when we talked about this. Before I begin this tangent/ramble, I want to send my condolences to the parents of this poor kid. No parent should have to deal with this pain. I know how it feels to be in a dark place as I’ve been in the same dark place. I just wish I was quicker with this action. I plan on doing as much as I can to spread the awareness of Depression and Suicide as I myself, had tried taking my life in Junior High. The reasons behind it aren’t important to the this though and I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. This isn’t about me. This is about the millions of people who suffer from depression, and the others who take their lives. Starting this off, I made a suicide prevention google slide all the way back in middle school when my start of agonizing years of depression began. I was passionate about this project of mine since I was actually able to relate to it. After a while, I forgot about it until. Starting Monday, I will be talking about this with someone (I will not and probably can’t say who) at my school. I can only hope my words can and will help others that have gone through this.

Kiya Ward

It's really making me upset that people are saying that they were his best friend and they didn't even know them. I don't know who his best friend was, but I do know that he was my best friend. and I will always miss the times he would come to my house for tea parties and we had the best times. For those who bullied him, If you dare confront anyone else you will take it up with me. But a lot of people are saying stuff and acting as they knew him for money and attention. Be truthful you guys, it's really screwing people up.

Tone Tone

I am so sorry for your loss. I went to the vigual and funeral. I didn’t know him but his story touched my heart. Feel free to reply I am going to get a suicide prevention group put together I would love ideas on how I can help. Ms.hilton2014 is my snap. No this is not a scam

swnash7717@gmail.com

I understand the pain of this situation. But does anyone think the menial arguing does this young man any justice. Totally understand the concerned parents interest of adults staffs whereabouts. Definitely a horrible situation. But please respect and maybe even celebrate the life on earth that this child had. Praying for the family and couldn't imagine how difficult it possibly can be to deal with the loss of a child.

25evelyndean@nixastudents.net

I think we shouldn't be blaming each other for what happened. No matter if we knew him since kindergarten, or found out who he was yesterday. We all deal with grief differently, and I don't think it is the right thing to be tearing each other down at this time. We need each other right now and we should be building others up, not hurting them more.

Anonymous

I was good friends with Jake, he was always a happy person on the outside, I miss him a lot, but I'll never forget that little guy.

Tone Tone

I’m sorry for your loss!

Anonymous1

Jake was a friend of mine and i was very sad to hear this news and concern parent i dont think it matters what happened last year or past years all we know is that our friend died

Anonymous

Do you go to the NJH

the_truth

So, jake Johnston had been bullied without anyone knowing, and the bullies apparently took it to far. No other students were harmed, but it was a tragic day.

Ethan T

Who in the right mind. I will personally strangle them.

Tone Tone

Same. Ethan you seem like a good person. Trying to get a suicide awareness started. Add me on sc ms.hilton2014 this is not a scam.

Tone Tone

I would love to hear your story.

Concern parent

Please don't tell me it was cause of bullying.... Where was the teachers? How safe is the children there??

Concern parent

Please don't tell me it was cause of bullying. I'm concerned where were the teachers ect. What if a student had a gun? Didn't a Nixa student get kidnapped a few years back without the parents being notified?

Anonymous1

Does it matter u r going to be that one person that acts like they know everything hes our friend and u can shut it

Annoymous5678

OF course they just act like everything is normal.

Annoymous5678

Of course the school just acts like everything is fine.

anonymoussssss

Shut up the school is having a memorial and they are sad about it you know

anonymoussssss

I'm sorry I shouldn't have said that

anonymoussssss

I'm sorry I souldn't of aid that

ginac

that’s not how you spell his name, it’s Jake Johnston.

ginac

that’s not how you spell his name, it’s Jake Johnston.

anonymoussssss

You can be quiet I'm in 7th grade and I was Jakes best friend, the school didn't know it was going to happen. He committed suicide in the bathroom

anonymoussssss

I'm sorry I shouldn't have said that

Tone Tone

Hi I’m sorry for your loss of your best friend. I went to the funeral and my heart goes out.

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