Mental Health Counselors Reach Out to Classmates of Slain Chanhassen Teen

July 18, 2018 10:33 AM

Minnetonka High School brought in counselors, Monday, and made them available to students and any community members who are looking for help processing the shooting death of 16-year-old Archer Amorosi.

RELATED: Minnetonka High School Students Mourn after Chanhassen Teen Shot, Killed


Authorities say a woman called 911 from the family’s Chanhassen home on Friday reporting her son was suicidal and that he was making threats with a baseball bat and a knife.

Investigators say two deputies arrived and, after first using a taser and pepper spray, at some point they fired their weapons at the teen.

Amorosi died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to his autopsy report.

The Minnetonka School District is asking for privacy for its staff and students, but other Minnetonka mental health advocates and experts say more students have been reaching out seeking resources since Friday’s unexpected shooting.

RELATED: 16-Year-Old Shot and Killed by Deputies in Chanhassen 

“That high school has experienced a lot of just really tragic deaths so we also are bracing ourselves,” said Becca McGuire, a youth outreach associate for the peer support resource Minnetonka Treehouse. “Our students have talked a little bit and reached out a little bit about this situation and we’re reaching out to students right now.”

Treehouse is a mental health support group geared towards youth ages 13 to 18.

McGuire says staff there have been reaching out to students in the community who they know struggle with mental health issues following Friday’s shooting to make sure they’re finding the right supports to help them get through the loss of a classmate.

The Carver County call log says deputies were initially dispatched to the Chanhassen home for mental health reasons. Deputies had also been called to the same house the day before for a domestic situation.

McGuire says this is not only a time where classmates will have questions, but there could also be a ripple effect for others who struggle with mental illness.

“Summer is really hard for mental health, especially if they’re experiencing loneliness,” she said.  “They don’t have a lot of people to talk to because they’re not surrounded by hundreds of people.”

RELATED: Medical Examiner: Chanhassen Teen Died of Multiple Gunshot Wounds

Treehouse has a youth support group scheduled to meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at 19955 Excelsior Boulevard in Excelsior.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said investigators will release more information once the deputies involved in the shooting are interviewed, but there’s no word yet on exactly when that will happen.


Katherine Johnson

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