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Ossining Schools Offer Counseling After Student's Death

Representatives with the Ossining School District expressed their condolences and offered support for those grieving over the loss of high school student Cody Smith.
Representatives with the Ossining School District expressed their condolences and offered support for those grieving over the loss of high school student Cody Smith. Photo Credit: The Ossining Daily Voice File Photo

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining School District sent out a letter to the community Thursday following the death of a student.

"We are saddened to share with you the unfortunate news of the passing of one of our Ossining High School students, Cody Smith," Schools Superintendent Raymond Sanchez said in email to the community. "He will be greatly missed by the many students, staff, families, and community residents who were fortunate to know him."

Village of Ossining Police confirmed the death and said the incident was being investigated as a suicide and because of that would not release further information. Ossining High School representatives said they were offering grief counseling for students and their families.

"Members of the guidance department have been actively connecting with students and discussing their loss," said Principal Joshua Mandel in the email to the community. "We want to provide you with some information concerning signs that your child might show as a result of today’s events. If you would like to speak to a mental health professional, your guidance counselor can provide you with the necessary information. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor with any concerns, questions or comments."

The letter also detailed some "common, normal reactions" that children might feel including "difficulty concentrating/remembering things, feelings of helplessness and being overwhelmed." Others listed included fear, disbelief, difficult making decisions and loss of appetite.

"Most importantly, let your child know his/her ranges of emotions are normal," representatives said in the letter. "If your child’s symptoms persist or you are concerned about your child’s reaction, contact your child’s guidance counselor, school social workers or school psychologist."

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