Jr. High Student Dies-Kalispell Middle School-Prescription Drug Overdose


A middle school student passed away on Saturday, December 18th, via a prescription drug overdose. The student attended Kalispell Middle School in Kalispell, MT.

It is unclear at this time if the prescription drug(s) were the student’s or belonged to another person.

Families and students who attend Flathead Middle School were notified Sunday by way of an email.

Dear KMS Family,

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. On Dec 18th, a student died from an accidental overdose of prescribed medicine. We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially our students.

Kalispell Public Schools has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. At KMS, we have counselors available for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss. We encourage you, as parents, to also feel free to use our resources.

We are including a resource link for additional support that may be useful to you in helping your child at home. The Tamarack Grief Resource Center at Tamarack Grief Resource Center tamarackgrc.org If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Kalispell Middle School counselors; Susan Sherman shermans@sd5.k12.mt.us, Deb Burfeind burfeindd@sd5.k12.mt.us , and counselor Dawn Anderson andersond@sd5.k12.mt.us. Kalispell Middle School will have two counselors on-site to meet with students if needed during school hours.

Our condolences are with the family at this time.


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