A Palo Alto teenager died by suicide at a Palo Alto residence Thursday afternoon, police confirmed today.
The Palo Alto High School senior was reported to have attended Jordan Middle School and Gunn High School as well as Paly.
Police and school officials said they do not plan to issue statements about the death.
News of the death spread immediately among classmates through electronic media, such as Facebook.
Palo Alto Police Chaplain Paul Bains met with Paly students gathered at Stanford Hospital.
A rumor circulated among Palo Alto students that a second teenager had died by suicide on the Caltrain tracks Thursday. But police said Friday that those rumors are false.
School and city officials, community agencies and faith groups rallied to create Project Safety Net, a coalition to address issues of teen mental health and well being.
Project Safety Net resources include a list of crisis hotlines. A local suicide hotline number is 650 494-8420.
Psychological researchers say that in up to 90 percent of deaths by suicide, the victim had suffered from a diagnosable mental illness, such as depression, for at least a year.