Carroll Middle School student Deplieth Jioklow, 11, died Saturday for reasons that weren't immediately clear.
Someone reported an unattended death about 2:37 p.m. in the 500 block of East First Street, Police Chief Brad Burke said. He was transported in a personal vehicle to St. Anthony Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Jioklow had no apparent physical trauma, so there is an "unknown cause of death at this time," Burke said. A state medical examiner was expected to do an autopsy.
Carroll Community School District Superintendent Casey Berlau shared information about Jioklow’s death in an email to district families Sunday.
“We do not know any details about Deplieth’s passing to share at this time,” states the email. “We ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
The district will have counselors available at the school Monday for students or staff who need to talk.
“Please realize that reactions to death (and stress) are varied and can depend on such factors as age, personality, previous losses and relationships to the victim,” the email states.
It goes on to offer the following guidance to parents of children affected by Jioklow’s death: Take time to listen and talk to your child; reassure her/him that you will be available to help them through the situation; help your child verbalize some of the feelings he/she might be feeling but is unable to express; reassure your child that you will do all you can to keep him/her safe. Providing specific examples may help to reduce some of the fear and anxiety.
The district recommended that if parents noticed extreme changes in their children’s behavior, they should seek the help of the school counselor or someone else in the community to help their children. The district planned to continue having staff available at the school to help students process Jioklow’s death.