Issaquah High School community mourns student

March 4, 2009

By Contributor

NEW — 1:37 p.m. March 4, 2009

The following note was sent late yesterday to the Issaquah High School community via the school’s e-news list:

Dear Issaquah High Community:

We began our school day with the sad and unexpected news that one of our students died last night. The entire Issaquah High School community hurts from the loss. There is a chance your child will feel unsettled, at the least, tonight and in the coming days.

To prepare our campus for the impact of this sad news, we requested extra counseling support from nearby high schools and created a safe room where any student or staff member could go to process their feelings and receive help. We individually notified students and adults with close relationships with the student, and we alerted the entire staff via e-mail.

We will continue to have extra counseling support available, so please encourage any students who show signs of grief to visit the counseling center. A significant change in any of these physical or emotional behaviors might be an indication:

Sadness

Anger, irritability

Anxiety

Loneliness

Numbness, indifference, detachment

Listlessness

Headaches

Stomachaches

Nausea

Appetite

Do not hesitate to call our counseling center at 425-837-6140 for guidance or more information – we want all of our students to have the support they need during this sorrowful time.

We want to respect the privacy and grieving process of the student’s family, and it is not in our purview to share details. Our thoughts are with them.

Sincerely,

Paula Phelps

Principal, IHS

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