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A 15-year-old Chamberlain student was found dead yesterday afternoon.

Chamberlain High School students started their morning with some tough news.

Principal Thomas Morrill had to tell the student body that their classmate, 15-year-old Casey May, died yesterday afternoon.

“It’s a tough day at Chamberlain today,” said Stephen P. Hegarty, spokesman for the Hillsborough County School District. “(The) principal made an announcement this morning letting students know there had been a tragedy.”

Hegarty said counseling support was being provided to both students and faculty members as news of May’s death rocked the campus.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, May was discovered around 3 p.m. March 22 in the bathroom of her home on Waterside Court in Tampa. Her grandmother found her.

Debbie Carter, sheriff’s office spokeswoman, called the death a possible suicide.

“At this time, preliminary indications are that May was upset over a relationship that she was involved in that had recently ended,” Carter wrote in a media release.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death. Few details are available at this time.

In the meantime, Morrill is spending his day reaching out to students and faculty at Chamberlain, Hegarty said.

“The principal is out on campus making sure everything is OK,” he said.

Jessica Gilbert March 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I didn't have the privilege of knowing her, but my son n other kids i know did. My thoughts n prayers are with the family n all the kids mourning for Casey. She will truly be missed n loved forever!
Cari McKamey March 25, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I had the pleasure of teaching Casey May when she was in middle school. She was an amazing little girl who brought smiles to all who met her. She was beautiful, smart, funny, and sweet. Casey had a mind of her own and enough spirit to succeed at anything she wanted. My heart breaks for all of her family and friends. Casey May, you will be sorely missed. I will smile fondly when I think of you and your crazy antics, darling girl!
JADY March 30, 2012 at 02:15 AM
ive known casey for 4 years and watever boy broke her heart should be ashmaed thats all im saying she was allways cheerfull i do competive cheer with her and i heared peopl ebullied her in cha,berlian u should feel ashamed of ur self lots of people do this casey i love u so much i hoped u asked god in ur heart so u can go to heaven not hell i dont want to belive casey gone its so sad but i cant see her killing her self maybe drinking to much pilld idont know but i allways going to miss u i wish u didnt kill ur self and just got helped one thing i want to say we lost a cheerleader but we gained an angel i know ur watching down on us i hope u are allways will be loved by wildcats fiewrce cats ;) i love u casey R.I.P CASEY MAY
Jenn winkler April 01, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I didn't know Casey but I do know that cheerco all stars from Tallahassee Florida supported her this weeken in wearing yellow bows for her. My brother tried to commit suicide he lived even though god works in weird ways there is always a reason and time and place. Even though this is a tragic loss in our cheer leading world maybe itll give some people some sense and to stop hurting other people just to make them feel better. R.i.p. Casey
Olivia Atwood July 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Jady, I agree. I hope she got saved earlier in her life. So sad. What is sadder yet is how many lose their life before knowing Christ and what He did for them on the cross.


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