Two sophomore students at Princeton High School have died in individual events in the past three months, and the Princeton ISD and the community are being proactive to open the lines of communication for everyone for grief counseling, advice, warning signs and more.
Joe Acosta, age 16, died on Oct. 26. Click here to read his obituary on the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow website.
Angel Vera, also age 16, died Jan. 8. His obituary is also on the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow website. Click here to read it.
As parents deal with these tragedies and offer support to their grieving children at home, the following website – the Parent Trauma Resource Center – might be helpful. It is available in English and Spanish: tlcinstitute.org/PTRC.html
"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and their loved ones," said PISD Superintendent Philip Anthony. "We are extremely concerned about making sure to offer as much information and support as we can so no other child will end up in this situation."
Earlier this week, Anthony sent out an open letter through the PISD newsletter service addressing the two tragedies and how the school district wants to get ahead of this crisis with as much information as possible for everyone involved.
The district is providing resources for parents and students to deal with the losses. "We've been put in contact with experienced officials who are helping guide us to make sure we don't make any wrong moves," Anthony said. "Our local ministers are offering to help as well.
"This is a community-wide, non-denominational effort to offer help to anyone."
While this tragedy has directly affected the Princeton community, Anthony hopes that the information provided will be helpful to any district that needs it.
"At this age, relatively small things can seem so large to children," he said. "We want to take steps to improve communication for the children, parents and school personnel."
Parent Trauma Resource Center: tlcinstitute.org/PTRC.html
National suicide hotline: 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)
CrisisChat.org, Online Emotional Support: crisischat.org
Princeton ISD: princetonisd.net.