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Death of Schalmont student under investigation


ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - Rotterdam Police tell NEWS10 ABC they are investigating the suicide of a freshman student at Schalmont High School.

Police say an investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the suicide of a 14-year-old Schalmont boy to find if bullying played a role in the boy's death. The investigation started due to comments on social media claiming the boy was bullied. However, police say the school tells them the boy never complained to them about bullying.

"We are working with the school we have a school resource officer at the school we have worked with them since this happened we made a call to them we made a call to them on sat the day that it occurred and we have been working with them ever since," said Lt. Mike Brown with Rotterdam police.

Police say the boy died on Saturday, October 19th. Police have not released the name of the student.

Schalmont Central Schools sent home a letter to parents saying the school will be offering grief counseling on Monday and as needed during the week, so outlining tips for parents about noticing the signs of suicide.

The letter states: "Your child may be affected by this most recent tragedy even if he or she did not know the student well. We encourage you to talk to your child about what has happened. Discussing thoughts and feelings about death is important toward helping your child work through his or her grief. We, as a district, are balancing our duty of keeping you informed while being cautious not to, in any way, "glamorize" the act of suicide." View the full letter here.

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