Student attempts suicide at Wellington reservoir

By Jonathan Delozier -

A 17-year-old boy tried to take his own life Wednesday afternoon at the Wellington reservoir, police have confirmed.

As of mid-day Thursday, the boy, a Wellington High School student, had not died.

But nor has he regained consciousness, said village police chief Tim Barfield.

“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” the chief said. “It’s a tragic situation anytime someone wants to harm themselves. It’s particularly tragic when it’s someone pretty young.”

He said police were contacted around 3:45 p.m. and it took approximately 40 minutes to find the teenager in a wooded area. Barfield said all-terrain vehicles were needed to scout out his location.

The boy was given first aid very quickly and was taken to an ambulance. He was flown by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he remains, according to the chief.

The incident was tied to rumors of an active shooter in the Wellington area.

Barfield said a Wellington Schools custodian reported someone with a gun, leading to a lockdown of Westwood Elementary School.

The village police station was flooded with calls Wednesday. Barfield sent out a notice via the Lorain County emergency alert system, saying there was no active shooter situation.

The name of the victim has not been released to the media at this time.

Calls to Wellington High School for comment have not yet been returned.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

By Jonathan Delozier