Verona public schools Superintendent Steven A. Forte sent this statement to parents by email this afternoon. The letter did not identify the graduate:
September 3, 2013
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Yesterday, the Verona School District was made aware of the sudden death of one of our graduates. We are deeply saddened by this loss and have our crisis management procedures in place to help your children with any possible reactions to this tragedy.
Our district crisis team is supplemented by the personnel of many community resources who are available to talk with your children and answer their questions.
Your child may have feelings that he/she would like to discuss with you. You can help your child by listening carefully, not overreacting, accepting his/her feelings, and answering any questions honestly according to your beliefs. 2ndfloor.org is a website that offers a youth hotline and other helpful resources.
If you have any additional questions, or feel the need for further assistance, you may contact your school’s main office who will connect you with available support staff.
Steven A. Forte