Portsmouth mourns loss of well-liked student

Portsmouth school officials sent parents two separate emails Thursday regarding the confiscation of a Taser at Portsmouth High School and a threat made by a Portsmouth Middle School student. Both incidents were reported to police. 
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth School Superintendent Ana Riley sent out an email to parents and guardians Wednesday, announcing the death of a Portsmouth High School student.

The student’s identity or cause of death was not released. The death is unrelated to a fire early Wednesday morning in Common Fence Point, reports The Portsmouth Times

Superintendent Riley sent out the following announcement: 

Sadly, we were informed today that a student passed away. The student was well liked by his peers and the PHS faculty and staff. As our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this time of sadness, I want to share information with you regarding plans to support students, staff and you during this difficult time. 

You may find that your child may want to seek support or ask questions. A Drop-In Assistance Center has been established at PHS in cooperation with our local mental health agency and Portsmouth School Department mental health providers. The Drop-In Assistance Center will be available to provide mental health support to students, community members and staff today including after-school hours. 

Further information will be provided in subsequent communication regarding supports over the next few days. It is likely that your child may experience significant grief on hearing about this student’s death and I encourage you and your child to come together with our school community, students, and staff during this difficult time. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

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