Broken Arrow Band Student Dies at Football Game

Broken Arrow High School

A band student from Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School died Friday night after a football game, falling from the top of the stadium as people were leaving.

Jaymeson West, a junior saxophone player, is fondly remembered by his friends in the Pride of Broken Arrow, who spoke kindly of him in news and social media over the weekend.

Although police said they were investigating his death as an accidental fall, Fox23 reported that West’s father believes his son committed suicide, “succumbing to the depression he had battled for so long.” Police do not suspect any foul play.

“As a mother of two students, one of whom is a Pride member, I am absolutely heartbroken,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said in a public statement. “We are a family in Broken Arrow and are working together to make sure Jaymeson’s family and all of our students have everything they need during this devastating time.”

Counselors and support staff have been made available to the band students and all Broken Arrow students who need support can come to the BAHS Media Center from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, or any time during the school day on Monday.

The Pride of Broken Arrow is a three time Bands of America Grand Nationals Champion, including most recently in 2015.

 

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to their website to chat with someone and get more help. 

 

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Elizabeth Geli

Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism and master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.

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