In a release issued on Tuesday afternoon, (22nd October), the Ministry described the suicide of 15 year old student of the Washington Archibald High School, as “a most unfortunate and devastating incident, namely the untimely and tragic demise of one of the youth of our nation.”
The Ministry said it recognizes that traumatic incidents like this impact the entire community, and that as a part of understanding and processing tragedies such as this, people experience a range of emotions, from mild to strong and debilitating.
They added that whatever the personal effect on one’s mental state, the Ministry of Community Development urges that a general atmosphere of respect, sensitivity and empathy be extended to those in this community most adversely affected by this sudden tragedy.
“While our need to understand the genesis of and circumstances surrounding this unfortunate situation may contribute to broad based discussions and questioning in society, it is absolutely necessary that we keep in mind the hurting and devastated families, peers, school communities and social communities that have to manage this sad reality,” says the release.
The Ministry stressed that “we as a community, remain keenly aware of the fact that our support and caring, our empathy and concern, our interest in the well-being of the intimate world of which this youth was a part, is crucial at this time.
They asked that our words, our actions and our sensitivity with words and references, be the things that guide us as we all grieve one of our youth.
The body of the fourth form “Washie” student was discovered just before 7:00am on Tuesday by her father, in the home they shared in Shadwell Housing.
The victim, whose name was Azaria Hanley, was the daughter of well-known sports administrator and Games Secretary of the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, Osdel “Scotty” Hanley. Hanley is also the co-host of the popular television program, “Actions Sports”, on ZIZ.