GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH)-- Once again the issue of bullying is front and center here in Connecticut after the suicide of a 15-year-old boy in Greenwich.
Fifteen-year-old Bart Palosz, who was just entering his sophomore year, committed suicide after his first day of classes at Greenwich High School. Police say there is possibility that bullying might be involved.
"He seem like he was okay, but some of my friends say that he did get bullied a lot, and it's just really sad because on the outside it seemed like everything was fine," said Janel Montenegro, student. "I heard they made fun of his name and he was tall."
"Someone said he shot himself, he couldn't take it anymore. He was a nice kid and didn't deserve to be bullied," said Holton Bosile, a student.
According to officers, Palosz returned to his home after school, taking his own life.
"The firearm was a family firearm and it had been secured inside a gun safe," said Lt. Craig Gray, Greenwich Police Department.
The community is trying to find answers.
"No words can express the pain that the family and the community feels," said Peter Tesei, First Selectman.
Town and school officials are offering grief counselors for students and members of the community who knew the student. (Scroll down for crisis hotlines)
"For whatever reason Bart made the decision he did yesterday, he made a decision. We do not want to have any of our other children make that decision," said Dr. William Mckersie, Superintendent of Schools.
School officials hope to learn even more talking to classmates. When asked if they were discussing possible bullying, the superintendent would not reveal much.
"I can't comment on that. Other than we are taking everything very, very seriously," said Mckersie.
Students are trying to deal with the grief.
"There is sort of a very morose mood in the school and just horrifying to know that some one would commit suicide," said Sylvie Brounstein , student.
"We all feel really bad because we could help. We were not aware and it just shows us that we should pay attention and try to help as much as we can," said Montenegro.
Greenwich police say they will continue to investigate.
GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH) -- Counselors are being made available at three schools after a 15-year-old Greenwich High School student took his own life.
Bartlomiej (Bart) Palosz was found dead Tuesday from a self-inflicted shotgun wound, Greenwich police said.
"Preliminary investigation has revealed that the gun was family owned and had been stored within a gun locker inside the home," police said in a statement.
Greenwich school officials offered their "deepest sympathies" to family and friends of the teen. They sent crisis teams to Greenwich High, Western Middle School and New Lebanon School, where Palosz attended.
"We take seriously the importance of a positive school climate and the safety and well-being of our students and staff," Kim Eves, Director of Communications, said in a statement. "Any indications that a student is experiencing significant mental health distress is addressed at the school level by personnel trained to recognize and respond to these concerns.
"Importantly, if any staff member believes that a student poses a danger to him/herself, or others, parents are notified and the student is immediately referred to outside supports and providers."
Police planned to hold an afternoon news conference to discuss their investigation.
In a statement Greenwich Police said "If you or someone you know is having a difficult time coping with a situation, there are many resources available to help. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance please contact any one of these hotlines:
Police Department: 911
United Way of Connecticut (Crisis Hotline): 211
Department of Children and Families Careline /Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services: 1-800-842-2288
National Hopeline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) "
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