Sheriff’s office investigating death of Elysian Fields MS student

Child death investigation

PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – The Panola County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a local middle school student.

Deputies were called to the child’s Panola County home shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Chief Deputy John DePresca says the sheriff’s office is not releasing many details due to the circumstances but confirms they are investigating the death of a juvenile and that investigators were at Elysian Fields Middle School on Wednesday where the student went to school.

An autopsy has been ordered and they are waiting to hear from the medical examiner’s office.

Elysian Fields Independent School District has not commented on the student’s death and directed inquiries regarding the investigation to the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, but Superintendent Maynard Chapman posted a message extending sympathy to the family on the ISD website Wednesday.

“We are all heartsick about our most recent loss in our community.  On behalf of the Elysian Fields Independent School District, I extend our sympathy to the family.

Special counseling services have been made available to students today and will continue to be available throughout the week and longer, if needed.

We ask at this time that the privacy of the family be respected.”

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