A grandmother in Minnesota is angry at a local high school after her grandson, who committed suicide, was excluded from this year’s yearbook, she said.
Kaiden Kauffman suicide in September, Dawn Kauffman-Mace, Kaiden’s grandmother, told ABC 5. Prior to his death, the 12-year-old was in the seventh grade at Isanti Middle.
“It was nothing I ever thought would happen. I still can’t believe that he’s gone,” Kauffman Mace told the news station, adding that her grandson was struggling with mental health issues.
To the LEFT OF THE YEARBOOK – A #Isanti family lost this young boy committed suicide in the past year.
But now they are in shock, the school forgot to put his picture in the yearbook.
Their message to the client, plus the district of apology on 10 @KSTP pic.twitter.com/d1AZxHsGsj
— Brett Hoffland (@BrettHoffland) June 15, 2018
But now, the family’s pain is compounded by what the high school has a “supervision” Kauffman Mace, according to the ABC-5.
“We feel bad, and sympathize with the family and the grief they are going through. We didn’t want it to happen,” Shawna Carpentier, a spokesperson for the Cambridge-Isanti Schools, said in a statement to the Star Tribune.
But despite the excuses, Kauffman-the Mace is still in pain.
“I had the feeling as if Kaiden existence was erased, and Kaiden did,” she said.
Family of grief over the failure of a student who died by suicide, of Isanti High School yearbook https://t.co/2A8U0Dt8kK pic.twitter.com/SneODl97HD
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) June 15, 2018
“It would have just been nice to have the kids write something in it,” she said, adding that the yearbook would have been a treasure to hold onto,” and that they “felt deprived.”
ABC-5 reported that the school tries to “correct” the error with Kaiden the family, but what that means is not clear, as Kauffman Mace said that it is too late for her grandson’s photo and the school has not agreed to a memorial for 12-year-old, such as a tree or a bank, according to the Star Tribune.
If anything, Kauffman Mace hopes that the situation will “create conversations” about suicide.
“What I hope is that it makes calls, and if it creates conversations, then maybe it could help stop a suicide,” Kauffman Mace.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.