Second student death shakes high school

April 6, 2009

By Staff

School counselors reported to Issaquah High School March 31 after school officials were notified that Kevin Conroy Tork, a 15-year-old sophomore, had died in Seattle.

Bellevue Police responded to the call, however, the case is still under investigation, said Officer Greg Grannis, the department’s public information officer.

The cause and manner of death is pending, according to information from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Principal Paula Phelps and school counselors went to each classroom at the high school and notified students and teachers of the death. 

The additional school counselors remained on campus throughout the day to assist students and employees with the news.

Tork’s death comes just weeks after Issaquah High School junior Nicholas Bethel died in Seattle March 3. 

The cause and manner of Bethel’s death are still pending, as the toxicology report has not come back yet, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Results from those tests can take up to 10 weeks.

Parents should be aware of changes in their student’s physical and emotional behaviors in coming days and weeks as they process the loss. Changes in behavior can include, sadness, anger, irritability, anxiety, loneliness, numbness, indifference, detachment, listlessness, headaches, stomachaches, nausea and changes in appetite, according to school information. 

Students and parents can call the high school’s counseling center at 837-6140 for guidance or additional information.

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