Howard County Coroner offers records connected to student's suicide

9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, November 01 2017 Nov 1, 2017 Wednesday, November 01, 2017 3:10:00 PM CDT November 01, 2017 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager

FAYETTE - The Howard County Coroner's Office has offered to hand over records related to a January inquest over the death of Kenneth Suttner, which the inquest jury ruled a suicide.

Coroner Frank Flaspohler made the offer to a judge Wednesday morning. In October, the judge had ordered the records to be turned over to the Glasgow School District, and the coroner's office initially resisted, prompting a contempt warning from the court.

In a news release Flaspohler said he was worried photographs of Suttner would be included in the records request. Flaspohler said the judge ruled Wednesday the photographs are not to be included. The judge also said he would not hold anyone in contempt pending the resolution of other issues.

“I was very pleased with Judge [Scott] Hayes’ decision this morning,” Flaspohler said in his news release. “We want to cooperate with the court’s order, but the initial decision would have invaded the privacy of Kenny & the Suttner family. I am relieved to know that the photos of Mr. Suttner’s death will not be released to the public.”
At the inquest, the jury found the Glasgow School District had been negligent in preventing bullying against Suttner, contributing to his death by suicide. Harley Branham, a former manager for Suttner when he worked at Dairy Queen, is charged with manslaughter for the alleged bullying she carried out against him.

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