Tennessee State University is grieving the loss of a fallen tiger, as university officials have confirmed that a student was found dead on campus Thursday evening.
WSMV reports that Metro Police responded to the campus just after 5 p.m. and early signs point to the student taking her own life.
According to students, the incident happened in the female freshman dorm, Wilson Hall.
“Tennessee State University is deeply saddened over the death of one of our students,” the university said in a statement. “While the tragic incident remains under investigation, it is suspected that the student may have taken her own life. Counseling was made available immediately for students in our campus center and will remain so around the clock, as we help students to cope with this heartbreaking situation. We ask that you please pray for the family and for our TSU campus family.”
Some students housed in Wilson Hall were relocated to a hotel for the night, as The Student Government Association (SGA) collected an abundance of toiletries for them.
The SGA president, Kenneth Rolle II, and vice president, Aliyah Holmes also released a statement via Instagram sharing resources for students during this time of grief.
“Our fallen tiger was one who was loved by many and was a radiant of light to all who they encountered. As we pray for their loved ones and those close to them, I would like to ensure to the student body that the 82nd Administration is here and are taking the necessary steps needed to help be that “friend” in time of sorrow,” the statement read.
Tennessee has a Crisis Services & Suicide Prevention phone line and anyone experiencing a mental health emergency is urged to call. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) or Text “TN” to 741-741