SLED investigating death on USC Campus
Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– A spokesperson for State Law Enforcement Division tells ABC Columbia investigators responded to a death on the campus of the University of South Carolina at the Greek Village.
SLED spokesperson Thom Berry says SLED is there in accordance with the Jessica Horton Act which stipulates that any time a death is reported on a state college campus SLED is the lead agency.
University president Robert Caslen released this statement Tuesday afternoon,
Dear Carolina Family,
As you may have heard, our campus has experienced a tragedy Tuesday with the apparent suicide of one of our students. Shelly and I are heartbroken by this loss and we grieve with the young man’s family and friends. In times like these, we must come together and support each other as one university community. Please know that we stand with all of you, and as Gamecocks, we gain strength by helping one another through difficult times.
Please don’t be afraid or embarrassed to seek help. We have counselors and resources available for all those impacted by our loss or who are experiencing distress. For more information, please visit our mental health resources page. Students may also call 803-777-5223 for free, 24-hour access to a counselor. Faculty and staff can call the Employee Assistance Program at 800-633-3353 for free help 24 hours a day.
Mental health is a priority on our campus. If you or someone you know is struggling, I urge you to reach out to one of our trained, caring professionals or to take advantage of one of our other in-person or online mental health services that best meets your needs. You can also learn more about how to improve your own well-being and support your friends by participating in training or simply calling 803-777-5223 and asking for a community consultation. There is also a 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.