Bath copes with apparent suicide by teenager

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BATH — A 14-year-old boy who attended Bath Middle School died after an apparent suicide attempt at the Sagadahoc Bridge Monday morning, according to police.

Police and EMS officers responded to a gravel lot off Commercial Street on the south side of the Sagadahoc Bridge, where the boy reportedly jumped at 6:30 a.m. He was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he died.

Police declined to release the boy’s name.

Meanwhile, the school is helping its students through the tragedy, providing councilors and crisis services to students who request assistance.

Regional School Unit 1 Superintendent William Shuttleworth said that since the eighth-grader was a member of the swim team, support was also available at the Bath Area Family YMCA.

“A very, very sad day, obviously,” Shuttleworth said. “No father or mother ever wants to outlive their children. It has to be the saddest possible event that one could ever, ever endure.”

He said “everybody was completely shocked” by the incident. Shuttleworth called the boy “a beloved student in our school district,” and said he was also involved in music.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.