Police: Body found at NSHS was apparent suicide

Police: Body found at NSHS was apparent suicide

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Police are investigating an apparent suicide after a body was found on the grounds of North Smithfield High School early Wednesday morning.

According to a post on the School Department Facebook page, a North Smithfield bus driver spotted the body prior to the start of school Wednesday morning. Police were notified and school was delayed by one hour to give police time to respond to the incident.

“While we realize that delaying of school was last minute, we wanted to allow the police time to do their work, which in this case, was best done without students watching,” said the post.

According to Capt. Stephen Riccitelli of the North Smithfield Police Department, the incident is being investigated as an apparent suicide by hanging. The individual, he said, was an adult male who was not related to the school in any way. The incident took place on the tennis courts at the high school athletic complex.


So sad that such a young person felt he had nowhere to turn and had no other options. God bless him and his family.