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Police investigate possible connection of bullying in death of student
ROTTERDAM -- A Schalmont
High School student committed suicide Saturday afternoon. Police were called to
the unidentified students home around 3:30 p.m. Officers initially ruled out
suicide, but are continuing to investigate after reports on social media
suggested the freshman may have been bullied.
I think bullying is more of an issue than it ever has been simply because of the internet and the social media. There are more opportunities for children to be bullied than ever before and there are tremendous negative effects children can experience, said Dr. Nathan Naparstek with Northeast Psychological Associates.
Naparstek recommends parents give their children a safe-zone to speak freely with them each night because some victims of bullying may feel ashamed to come forward. He also suggests parents learn the signs of depression and enroll children in self-esteem boosting programs such as sports, martial arts or other extracurricular activities.
The district provided grief counselors to students and staff Monday and will continue to work with them throughout the week.
It's very difficult and challenging to think about this and get through this and move on and thats why we're taking the time to focus on our students and on our staff members and making sure theyre taken care of, said Superintendent Carol Pallas. It's a terrible tragedy when we lose children and at this point we're deeply saddened as a school community and our hearts go out to his parents and his family because we can't imagine the grief they're going through at this time."