Darien community mourns high school student who died by suicide
Family, friends and the Darien community are remembering a Darien High School student after he died by suicide.
News 12 has confirmed Hayden Thorsen died over the weekend.
The superintendent released a statement on the sophomore's death that said in part, "This is the third student that the school has grieved in the past two months. The pain of losing these beautiful young lives is unbearable. It is devastating for the families, the school and the town. Our school community is understandably hurting from these tragic losses of life."
Thorsen played for MidFairfield hockey.
Thorsen was a promising athlete. His coach says he saw him nearly every weekend and keeps wondering what he may have missed, and says he hopes this painful loss will help remove the stigma of talking about depression.
In a statement they wrote, "The MidFairfield hockey family is devastated by the loss of Hayden. He was not only a great hockey player but an even better teammate and friend. Hayden will be missed but never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Thorsen family."
Darien High School had a delayed opening Monday with support staff and counselors available for students.
The junior prom that was set for this past Saturday has been rescheduled for June 4.
A Zoom session was held Monday afternoon about teens and mental health. A similar event was already planned at a church with a similar theme.
If you or someone you know needs help, click here for a list of mental health resources.