NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) – New London school officials announced the death of a middle school student on Wednesday.
Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie sent a letter to parents saying that a middle school student had passed away, but did not release any additional information.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this student. This news is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for the entire New London Public Schools district, especially our students,” Ritchie said in a letter.
The student has not been identified at this time nor was the child's age or gender.
Ritchie did not detail which school the student attends. Three schools in New London serve middle school-aged children.
Counselors are being made available at all schools for any students who need support.
The superintendent also shared some advice from mental health experts about talking to your children about traumatic situations.
1. Grief is not solely related to the death of a loved one. The symptoms, characteristics, and process of grieving can be similar after other types of loss (e.g., divorce, transition, moving).
2. Grief is personal. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. How people grieve can be influenced by developmental level, cultural traditions, religious beliefs, mental health, disabilities, family, personal characteristics, and previous experiences.
3. Grieving does not have a timeline.
No additional information has been released at this time.