Wake Sheriff’s Office Says It Is Looking Into A Student’s Death That Occurred Off-campus At NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. –Following the discovery of a student’s body on Wednesday, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation. The student was discovered at an off-campus private property, according to an NC State spokesman on Thursday.

Deputies claimed that it looks that the student’s death was an accident, according to NC State. The student’s passing is the ninth since the start of the academic year, and it occurred just a few days after an undergraduate student was discovered dead on campus from what appeared to be a suicide.

News has a numbing effect on students. “As a campus, I feel like it’s almost as if we’re, like, desensitized by it,”  remarked NC State first-year student Micah Oliphant.

Hearing of the passing of fellow classmates, according to Oliphant, was difficult. He now keeps his distance from the deceased.

“I’m doing a lot better after the first semester hearing about everything. I’m learning to manage everything well, and stuff. And I’ve developed a better support system,” he said.

Maddie Macchi, a sophomore, says the energy on campus is tight. “I know, in one of my classes, the professor did check-in and gave us all note cards. It’s been very difficult,” said Macchi.

Wake Sheriff's Office Says It Is Looking Into A Student's Death That Occurred Off-campus At NC State
Wake Sheriff’s Office Says It Is Looking Into A Student’s Death That Occurred Off-campus At NC State

N.C. The state is experiencing a growing issue, which was addressed in an 89-page report this week by the Student Mental Health Taskforce. Both long-term and short-term recommendations from the task force include hiring and keeping on board more physicians and case managers.

It is necessary, according to Macchi. “It’s really hard to find counselors, or, you know, they only get three sessions with counselors, and then they’re told they have to move on to find someone else,” she said.

According to Dr. Sophia Caudle of Bull City Psychotherapy, the pandemic’s effects on young people are already being felt.

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“So the ages of 18 to 25 are very delicate years for people. A lot of issues were present for people during that time. But what we’re really experiencing right now is the fallout from COVID and COVID, meaning that everyone was living in isolation,” said Caudle. “These young people who are, you know, 19, 20,21-year-olds, when social bonding needed to be a big part of their life that was really disrupted.”

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