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Social, emotional response plan in the works after Schalmont student death


ROTTERDAM, N.Y. -- Just one week after Rotterdam Police began an investigation into the suicide of a freshman student at Schalmont High School, the school's superintendent had sent out a letter addressing rumors that bullying may have been to blame.

Superintendent Dr. Carol A. Pallas sent the letter to parents and community members on Monday. She states that, so far, the Rotterdam Police Department has not found any evidence directly linking the suicide to bullying, and no such accusations were brought to the district's attention.

She go on to state that "bullying is an issue that permeates schools throughout the country, and I am not naïve to believe that Schalmont is immune."

According to Dr. Pallas, the district will work with teen suicide experts, mental health professionals and other outside agencies on developing a plan for responding to the social and emotional needs of the students, staff, and community.

Read the full letter posted below the comments section.

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