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Waynesboro Area Senior High School sophomore has died

Principal Chris Dennis tells parents to keep lines of communication open with teens

January 17, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Grief counselors will be on hand at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School today to counsel those who might need help dealing with the death of a fellow student.

Waynesboro Area School District Superintendent Sherian Diller said in a recorded message sent to parents that a high school student had died and that students were notified during the day of the student’s death.

Diller said in her message that a letter was sent home with all high school students.

“It is important for you as parents to be aware that your child may need or want to talk about this situation,”

Diller said in the message. “Even though there is no school (Friday), counselors will be available.”

Students do not return to classes in Waynesboro schools until Tuesday.

In the letter, high school Principal Chris Dennis identified the student as a 10th-grader.

He said the school day proceeded as scheduled, but additional counselors were brought to the school for any student “asking for the opportunity to talk.”

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Dennis said normally, the support would continue throughout the next several days as needed.

“However, since school is not in session until Tuesday ... we have posted various resources on our district website,” Dennis wrote.

In the letter, Dennis urged parents to keep open the lines of communication and to continually check in to see how their child is doing.

“Death can be a very scary thing for all of us, but for a teenager it is generally magnified,” Dennis wrote.

Where to turn on Web for counseling

For help with grief counseling to teens, the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area School District offers the following websites:

— Bill Kohler

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