Two teens found dead in park in Lakeland, Minn.
By Hank Long
Forum Communications Co.
Lake Elmo school officials reached out to students Wednesday after news broke about the death of two of its ninth grade students.
Oak-Land Junior High administrators informed teachers and students of the deaths on Wednesday and allowed students to meet with counselors if they wished, said Derek Berg, the school's principal.
According to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report, the two Oak-Land Junior High students were Jacob Z. Campbell, 14, of Lakeland, and Lisa Marie Grijalva, 15, of Oak Park Heights. The Star Tribune attributed information about the identities to Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton.
School officials also sent an e-mail about the incident to parents Wednesday morning. The note also included information about grief support services available to students.
"Be aware that your child may experience strong feelings in response to this news and may acquire additional support," Berg wrote in the letter.
The school is assembling a crisis team and plans to utilize counselors and school psychologists, as well as community counselors in the coming days to assist students in need, the press release stated.
The bodies of the teens were discovered in a park in Lakeland, Minn., Tuesday evening, according to several media reports.
Authorities at the Washington County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call just after 7:30 p.m. reporting the discovery of the bodies, a WCCO-TV report states.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the incident and is expected to release more information Wednesday afternoon, a sheriff's office official said.
Oak-Land Junior High is located in Lake Elmo.