counseling follows death of WW-P student
|Area clergy members also were on call.|
counselors made themselves available to teachers, students and school officials Monday
following news of an eighth-grader's death, according to district spokeswoman Gerri
Shinjan Majumder, a 13-year-old Thomas R. Grover Middle School student, hanged himself in his home Friday, police said.
"It was a quiet, serious day of reflection today," Ms. Hutner said. "I can honestly say the crisis-management teams, made up of guidance counselors, child-study experts and administrators, responded to all the needs of students and staff in a truly professional manner."
The teams, which were headed by John Cosse, assistant superintendent of pupil personnel services, and Guidance Director David Prutow, met over the weekend to prepare for school Monday, and were available at the Grover school and Community Middle School, Ms. Hutner said. Area clergy members also were on call, she said.
Grover Principal Steven Mayer sent a letter to parents, and Superintendent John Fitzsimons sent one to district staff, following news of the death, Ms. Hutner said.