Agawam High Mourns Death of Student

AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — Grief counselors are on-hand for faculty, staff, and students after the unexpected death of a high school student over the weekend.

Agawam’s interim Superintendent of Schools William Sapelli tells abc40 and FOX 6 that his office received a call Sunday from the Agawam Police Department indicating that a student in the school district had passed away.  He would not comment on how the student died.

Sapelli would only say that it was a high school student, and that out of respect for the family, the student’s name is not officially being released at this time.

Agawam Police Lt. Richard Light confirmed that there is an investigation underway into the student’s death, but he declined to release any additional information.

If anyone is in need of counseling, Agawam High School Principal Steve Lemanski says people can contact:

Agawam High School Counseling: (413) 821-0527

Behavioral Health Network: (413) 733-6661

Carson Center: (413) 568-6386



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  • Richard & Barbara Fontaine

    We are so sorry for this loss. Our hopes and prayers are with the family and it is so sad that no one could have counselled this individual if there were problems prior to the death. He/she are now in Heaven where he/she is well protected from any problems that caused the death.

  • jaydee

    Too many children dying, for whatever reason; it is unnatural. My thoughts are with the family.

  • Agawam resident

    The school is trying to cover up the death of a girl who committed suicide because she was bullied and tormented on a daily basis. It’s pathetic that the system failed to learn from phoebe is south Hadley and those responsible for this need to step up as its inexcusable.

  • step in

    Also sad that the news stations are not doing digging into this. For bullying to be stopped or at least slowed down we all need to show that every case matters and by letting the school system try and cover this up is irresponsible by the news. It is their job to report what happended not report what the school said happended.

  • sarah

    As a parent of a child in agawam high school I want help. There are many things happening in our town and noone wants to talk about it. Its some kind of secret and how are we as parents suppose to help our kids if we don’t know what to look for. I understand its a hard time for the family I am so so sorry for their loss, but what about protecting the other kids now. Lets not let this happened to anyone else. If you say nothing then nothing will be done.