Deceased student found hanging from tree outside of Texas high school

Travis Early College High School in Austin, Texas, was struck by tragedy as classes were canceled for two days following the discovery of a body on campus. The incident, which occurred on Thursday morning, has left the school community in shock and mourning. Authorities are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Officials from Austin-Travis County EMS received a distress call at 7:41 a.m., prompting their immediate response to the scene. Tragically, medics pronounced the female student deceased upon arrival. In a heartfelt letter to the community, Principal Elizabeth Salinas expressed her deep sadness and extended condolences to the family and friends of the 11th-grade student. The loss of this young life has left a profound impact on all who knew her.

To provide support and comfort, Travis ECHS will operate as a counseling center from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. This initiative aims to assist students and staff in coping with the emotional toll of the tragedy. Meanwhile, law enforcement authorities are diligently investigating the circumstances surrounding the student’s death. The exact cause and manner of death remain unknown at this time.

According to AISD police, the discovery of the body was made by two staff members who promptly alerted an officer on campus. Fortunately, no students were present in the vicinity when the incident occurred. As a precautionary measure, classes were canceled on Thursday due to the active investigation. Students who were already on buses were safely returned home, while those already on campus were provided with transportation back to their residences.

Travis Early College High School, situated on East Oltorf Street just west of Interstate 35, has been deeply affected by this tragic event. As the investigation continues, the focus remains on providing support and resources to the students and staff of Travis ECHS.