The Ursuline School this morning released its second statement on the suicide of a 14-year-old student earlier this week. The school’s statement is apparently in response to the Yonkers police department’s own press release last night.
Here’s the statement, attributed to Principal Eileen Davidson:
The Ursuline School has lost a wonderful young member of its close-knit community of students. Our grief is overwhelming. Eira Maghuyop loved our school and was fully engaged in Ursuline’s campus life. Our staff continues to take care of our students as they mourn, and we pray for Eira’s family. Those are our priorities.
Unfortunately, our grief has been compounded by the erroneous reports on the Internet and among some news organizations that Eira’s death was in part the result of bullying at Ursuline. We are reassured by the Yonkers Police Department statement that their investigation “has not revealed any evidence to support that bullying was a factor in this incident.”
We thank the community, our alumnae and friends for the outpouring of support. We continue to offer our students counseling, peer mediation, a personal development program, and peer ministry. We will also continue our chapter of Teenangels, a nationwide program of specially trained teens who promote Internet safety and cyberbullying awareness and prevention.