Rural Kingsley Boy, 12, Found Dead; Suicide Suspected

Cherokee, Iowa — Just a week after a Primghar student took his own life, another northwest Iowa student has apparently taken his own life.

Unlike the situation with Primghar 14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn, where family and friends say his suicide was directly related to relentless bullying; it’s not known if bullying had any role in the death of 12-year-old Tristen Allyn of rural Pierson, who was found dead on Sunday night (4/22 ).

The cause of death is still being investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and Cherokee County Medical Examiner.

Allyn was a sixth grader at Kingsley-Pierson Middle School.

Counselors have been helping students and staff deal with the loss of their classmate and student.

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