A staff member at Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary school was found unconscious on the school's loading dock on Friday. Barnstable Police are investigating the incident.
In an email to the school community, BWB principal Elizabeth Forbes said the following (reproduced verbatim):
From: WEST BARNSTABLE ES
Date: Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 4:02 PM
A message from WEST BARNSTABLE ES
Dear BWB Families,
Thank you to all of you who have reached out in support of our school community after I announced that one of our staff members was transported to the hospital after a medical emergency. As a principal, I have an awesome responsibility to be both respectful of staff members and their family, while also being as transparent as I can with all our of students’ families when offering information.
Friday afternoon, I found our staff member outside on the loading dock, unconscious. CPR was administered by both staff and first responders. Subsequently, our staff member was transported by ambulance and remains hospitalized. Please keep his family in your thoughts at this very difficult time. In full disclosure, drugs were found at the scene, and as a result the Superintendent restricted access to the building this weekend until Barnstable police could confirm the building was safe for children and adults. This morning, Chief Sonnabend sent Barnstable police officers with a K-9 drug dog to inspect the school. As a parent myself, I know that the well being of our children is our greatest concern. I have been assured by Barnstable police that the building is safe to open tomorrow.
I know that an event like this elicits varied feelings from our community and I ask that we offer support to one another at this difficult time. As educators, we will not be discussing this with our students, but our counseling team will be on hand to handle questions that do arise.
Please contact me if you have further questions or concerns.
The Barnstable Police Department has not yet issued an official statement on this matter. CCToday will publish BPD's statement as soon as it is made available.