A 12-year-old girl was found dead of an apparent suicide Tuesday morning in the dormitory of her boarding school in Southeast Washington, according to D.C. police.
Dustin Sternbeck, a police department spokesman, said the girl was found unresponsive at about 6:15 a.m. in her dormitory at the SEED Public Charter School, in the 4300 block of C Street SE.
Sternbeck declined to say how the girl died and did not release her name. A police report says she was transported to Children’s National Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Following the girl’s death, SEED announced it would close through Jan. 26, canceling all activities and programs, according to the school’s website.
The school said in a statement the girl was student and that it had no additional information on the child’s death.
“This is of course a terrible tragedy for the family first and foremost as well as for the entire SEED Community,” the statement read. “We ask that you respect the privacy of the family and of our community of scholars and teachers in their mourning.”
The SEED Public Charter School of Washington was the first public, college-preparatory school in the nation. There are currently 370 students attending the school in grades six through 12. The students, who are D.C. residents, stay on campus from Sunday through Friday each week.