"We've had waves of students coming in. We had several students come in on multiple occasions," said Snyder. "For many students it's the first time they experienced a loss like this."
Snyder said that Voorheesville has also received "a lot of outpouring" from neighboring districts who provided additional counselors for the students. "One of the things you worry about is the weight this puts on the counselors," she said.
The letter also asked parents in the district to communicate with there children about the child's thoughts and feelings. "The major concern is addressing the phenomenon known as suicide contagion," said Diefendorf in the letter. "We have had two other nearby districts experience this contagion and we would like to do every thing we can to prevent us from experiencing it."
Diefendorf asked parents to communicate with their children and monitor their child's communications and activities. Snyder said that it is important for students to realize that it is important in times like these to realize that feelings of anger and sadness are normal.
Snyder also said that it is important for the schools and community to come to together to cope with the loss. "We need each other, we need to help each other, and our hearts go out to his family," she said.
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