The Nixa School District says School Resource Officer Shane Ribbing has died.
Officer Ribbing, 33, publicly shared his family's struggles and victories when the couple's three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Emma has been a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She is currently cancer-free.
A spokesman for the city says officers were called to a home in the 800 block of South Gold Rush Avenue just before 7 a.m. Friday morning for a reported suicide.
Ribbing was hired by the Nixa School District in 2015.
Officer Ribbing leaves behind a wife and three small girls.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The faculty and staff of Nixa Public Schools are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Officer Shane Ribbing, one of our school police officers. We encourage you to be especially sensitive and prepared to offer support to your child during this time.
We have asked our school counselors and staff to help our school community deal with this loss. We are doing everything that we can to help your child and our staff through this tragic experience. Over the next few days, encourage your child to express his or her feelings and listen attentively.
It will be helpful to recognize the various steps that we all go through in the grieving process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Below is information on dealing with grief to help you as you and your child process this situation.
From the City of Nixa:
On April 13, 2018 at about 0659 hours, Nixa Police Officers were dispatched to 819 S. Gold Rush Ave. Nixa, MO for a report of suicide. Officers and Investigators responded to the scene. The investigation is active and all investigative reports are closed records until the investigation becomes inactive pursuant to RSMo. 610.100.2.