Gage Witek is the 12-year-old boy and South Milwaukee Middle School student who died much, much too soon at his home on Saturday.
Here is a copy of the note South Milwaukee Middle School Principal Jim Hendrickson sent home to parents on Tuesday. From it:
At this time, the police and medical examiner have ruled this death accidental. … Rumors of bullying and suicide have been circulating. These untrue stories have been disruptive as the family and school community go through the grieving process. Across the nation, children are experimenting with various choking games and other risky behaviors. Please talk with your child about these unsafe practices.
Here is Gage’s obituary. Services are Friday in Racine.
Please keep Gage’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers, and hug your kids a bit tighter tonight. I know I will.