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School officials: Counselors available after fatal shooting

By Staff | Sep 7, 2010

Dylan Stanley Wisniewski

The school district sent counselors to Ida S. Baker High School on Tuesday to help students and staff cope with the tragic shooting death of one teen.
Ashlee Swazey, 15, a junior at Ida Baker High, was shot and killed Friday at 2125 S.E. Sixth Lane. Dylan Stanley Wisniewski, 18, of 2125 S.E. Sixth Lane, has been arrested and charged with one felony count of homicide negligence manslaughter other than by motor vehicle in connection to Swazey’s death.
On Tuesday, the school district responded to a request for more staff.
“Three counselors from the district were dispatched to that school,” Joe Donzelli, a spokesman for the Lee County School District, said.
They were available along with three counselors the school has on hand.
“They are there to provide counseling services for students or staff members,” he said. “Whatever would fall in the lines of grief or crisis counseling.”
“They were needed, and they were there to deal with folks,” Donzelli said.
Principal Melissa Robery could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
According to police, Swazey and Wisniewski were in a bedroom when he took out a .22-caliber rifle. Wisniewski told investigators that he did not know the gun was loaded when he pulled the trigger. Swazey sustained a single gunshot to the head. Police received the 911 call at about 4:30 p.m. and responded.
Swazey was pronounced dead at the scene Friday by the responding units, according to the police. Several people were at the home at the time of the shooting, and all agreed to speak with Cape detectives about the incident.
On Tuesday, Swazey’s family could not be reached for comment.
Wisniewski remained at the Lee County Jail on no bond Tuesday. He has a court date set for Oct. 4, according to booking records at the county jail.
Wisniewski’s family could be reached for comment.