3rd Lake Forest student killed by Metra train

March 26, 2012 2:17:59 PM PDT
For the third time this year, a Lake Forest High School student has been struck and killed by a train.

The body of 18-year-old Edward Schutt was found Sunday morning next to Union Pacific railroad tracks.

Police are reviewing Metra schedules and trying to find video from overnight trains to determine the exact circumstances surrounding Schutt's death. Although an official ruling has not been issued yet, it does appear that this, as the others, was not an accident.

It is spring break at Lake Forest High School. Few students were on campus Monday, but once again, the student body is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Senior Edward Schutt was found early Sunday morning by a Metra engineer along a stretch of tracks near the Fort Sheridan station. Schutt has been identified as the son of Lake Forest College President Stephen Schutt.

Stephen Schutt issued a statement through the college, which reads in part, "Obviously, this is a very sad and upsetting situation, and we understand that some support might be helpful. I encourage you to reach out to each other, family, friends or anyone you feel comfortable speaking with."

Meanwhile, in an in an e-mail to parents on Sunday , principal Jay Hoffman broke the news: "It is with indescribable sorrow that I'm writing once again to inform you of the loss of one of our students....Ed was a talented and bright student and will be missed."

Lake Forest Police said they are still investigating. But they are concerned by this latest death, which like the others appears, to be a suicide. They also said, as a result of the second death by Metra on February 28, they assembled a community wellness task force in conjunction with the school district and mental health officials to address the issue. Police are hoping this will allow them to do a better job of identifying teens in crisis before it is too late.

Even though Lake Forest High School is on spring break they have activated their crisis team. They said grief counselors are available for those who need them.