The Hermiston School District was notified by the Hermiston Police Department of the death of Jenna Thomas, a sophomore at Hermiston High School.

This is a difficult day for our staff and students. When things like this happen, people have all different kinds of reactions, like shock, sadness, fear, and anger. A safe room has been set up at Hermiston High School by members of the crisis flight team to assist staff and students deal with today’s news.

The district asks for parent and community support by keeping an eye out for those students, or staff members, that may be struggling with the news. If a student is struggling with the news counselors are available to provide emotional support.

We are heartbroken for the Thomas family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and friends and relatives of Jenna.