WALTON, N.Y. (WBNG) -- The Walton Central School District announced Tuesday a 12th-grade student has died after a medical emergency in the hallway of the school.
According to Superintendent Roger Clough, a student died shortly after what he calls a medical emergency Tuesday morning.
"This is a difficult time for all of us, but I know that our students, staff and community will draw together to work through this tragedy together," Clough said in a letter home to parents.
The Walton Central School District released the following statement Tuesday:
This morning, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, a Walton High School senior had a medical emergency in school. School staff immediately called 911. Emergency personnel arrived and transported the student, who later passed away. We have no information regarding the cause of death.
Following the incident, the district activated its Grief Response Team, which is comprised of counselors, psychologists, administrators and teachers. Administrators notified school staff via e-mail about the event. Team members then visited each middle school and high school classroom to share what had occurred and to offer counseling and support.
The district followed up with a letter home to parents, explaining in general terms what took place and to offer student counseling. The letter encouraged parents to speak with their children and to watch for signs of grief. Again, the letter offered counseling to anyone needing help coping with this tragedy.
“We have trained staff in place to help our students and staff as they struggle with this loss,” Walton CSD Superintendent Roger Clough said. “No planning, however, can adequately prepare a school or a community for this sort of thing. We will work together to see our Walton school family through it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student’s family and friends.”
You can read the full letter to parents below.