Dis­trict of­fers sup­port in wake of stu­dent death

The News-Times - - OBITUARIES - By Amanda Cuda

MON­ROE — School of­fi­cials are ral­ly­ing to of­fer sup­port to stu­dents in wake of the sui­cide of a Jockey Hol­low Mid­dle School stu­dent on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a let­ter from Jockey Hol­low Prin­ci­pal Jack Cec­col­ini, sent Satur­day, an eighth-grader died at home via sui­cide. Cec­col­ini said that on Mon­day, the school ex­tended home­room pe­ri­ods, dur­ing which stu­dents would be in­formed about what hap­pened and the re­sources avail­able to them.

“This will be a dif­fi­cult time for the en­tire Mon­roe com­mu­nity, but es­pe­cially for the stu­dents at Jockey Hol­low,” the let­ter read. “Coun­selors from the dis­trict and re­gion will be avail­able for our stu­dents and school com­mu­nity.”

The let­ter also men­tioned that a guide had been posted on the Mon­roe Pub­lic Schools web­site called “Re­sources for Stu­dents in Cri­sis.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Jack Za­mary also sent out a let­ter, in­form­ing fam­i­lies of the “un­timely death.”

“This loss is sure to raise many emo­tions, con­cerns, and ques­tions for our en­tire school, es­pe­cially our stu­dents,” the let­ter read.

Za­mary said that Mon­roe Pub­lic Schools has a cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion team “made up of pro­fes­sion­als trained to help with the needs of stu­dents, par­ents, and school per­son­nel at dif­fi­cult times such as this.”

He also men­tioned that coun­selors will also be avail­able at all Mon­roe schools through­out this week.

“We are sad­dened by the loss to our school com­mu­nity and will make ev­ery ef­fort to help you and your child as you need,” Za­mary’s let­ter read.

There were var­i­ous posts about the tragedy on so­cial me­dia by Mon­roe res­i­dents through­out the week­end, in­clud­ing pleas for peo­ple to wear green on Mon­day in honor of the stu­dent who died.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

Ex­te­rior of Jockey Hol­low School in Mon­roe on May 7, 2012.

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