SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Counseling is now being offered to anyone that may need services after the drowning death of a Springfield student Friday afternoon.
Saturday, a small group of parents and students, along with more than 50 faculty and staff members, gathered at Kiley Middle School on Cooley Street to take advantage of the counseling.
The school and city community is coming together after a 12-year-old male student drowned while taking part in a swim class Friday at the school.
In a statement, Superintendent of School Dan Warwick noted that the counseling session “was an opportunity for people to come together and start to process this terrible loss that we’ve all suffered.”
In addition to Saturday’s session, the school district has made arrangements for Behavioral Health Network so that those that may need assistance can receive counseling services during school vacation week.
BHN has also opened its Crisis Counseling line to Springfield school students and staff for assistance. That line can be reached by calling (413) 733-6661.
Once students return from vacation on Monday, February 25, counselors will also be on-hand at Kiley Middle School to help with any concerns.
School officials add that they are cooperating fully with the investigation with law enforcement and that the district itself will open full-scale look to determine what happened Friday afternoon.
A member of the Springfield Public Schools Guidance Department spent the afternoon on the phone, personally reaching out to some students who were classmates with the student who died.