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Johns Creek Police investigating death of high school student

The police department didn't release many details about what happened, but they did say the teen was found dead on Sunday, Feb. 14.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek Police Department said they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a high school student.

The police department didn't release many details about what happened, but they did say the teen was found dead on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Neither where she was found, nor the manner of how she died was released by police. 

"The investigation is currently being investigated by our Criminal Investigations Division and the department is not at liberty to discuss any further details which could jeopardize the integrity of the investigation," the police department said in a news release. 

11Alive has reached out to the Fulton County medical examiner's office, as well, to find out more information about the death. While they did identify the teen as Carly Jackson, they said the cause of death is still "undetermined." They said it could be several weeks before toxicology and other tests come back to make a final determination. 

Meanwhile, Johns Creek Police is asking anyone with information regarding the death to contact Detective Whitley at 678-474-1596.

Fulton County Schools shared this letter with parents:

Dear Johns Creek High School Community,

There are times when it is necessary to communicate news that is painful for all of us. During those times, we must be prepared to support each other and our students. It saddens me to announce that one of our 11th grade Johns Creek High students has died unexpectedly.

When events such as this happen, youth react in different ways. You may see your child acting sad, upset, angry, shocked, or numb. For some students a death of someone they know may remind them of some other loss in their lives. For others, this may be their first encounter with death.

The death of a student may affect your child in a variety of ways depending on his or her age, how well he or she knew the studentand your child’s prior experience with grief. When reacting to an unexpected incident, students may display behaviors such as the following:

  • Cling closely to adults
  • Display regressive behaviors
  • Appear not to be affected
  • Think about it privately
  • Ask a lot of questions
  • Appear frightened
  • Appear agitated and angry
  • Appear sad and withdrawn
  • Display difficulty sleeping
  • Stomach aches and/or headaches

We suggest that you make an extra effort to listen to your child during this time. It is important that you deal honestly and directly with any questions that he or she may have. Referring to death as passing away may result in confusion and it is appropriate that you use the word “death” in your discussions. Below are some other suggestions that parents may find useful in helping their child:

  • Be a good listener. Listen carefully for any misconceptions or distortions your child may have.
  • Provide physical closeness. Spend extra time with your child. Talk and offer reassurance.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions and to discuss their feelings.

We will also be offering the following supports during this difficult time for our school community.

In Person: Face to face students needing support on Tuesday should let their teachers know if they need support and they will be directed to speak with a Care Team staff member.

Care Team Hotline: FCS School Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers will be answering calls from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at 470-254-5050.

Care Team Connect: Individual or groups of students can sign-in remotely on Tuesday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm for a facilitated TEAMS session with Care Team staff.

Text 4 Help: Text GLADIATORS to 1-844-201-9946 any time.

Information regarding your student’s JCHS School Counselor:

http://johnscreekguidance.com/counseling-department/

Mental Health partner for Johns Creek High School 

The Summit Counseling Center, 678-893-5300, https://summitcounseling.org/on-site-counseling-service-provides-students-with-immediate-access-to-therapists/

Thank you for supporting our students during this difficult time. We ask that you keep the Johns Creek High School family in your thoughts.