Updated: November 19, 2019 06:49 PM
Created: November 19, 2019 02:41 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A 16-year-old Edison Tech High School student died suddenly after he collapsed in physical education class on Tuesday.
A school district spokesperson told News10NBC that the student was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he died. His cause of death remains under investigation.
In a statement, Rochester City School District Superintendent Terry Dade wrote that the district's crisis team responded to the school, and that a support team would help students and staff as they cope with grief.
Dr. Santo Bentivenga, a local child psychologist, says parents should also be having open discussions at home about this.
"I think the next step to healing is to explain and try and help them work through the grieving process," Bentivenga said. "You're going to angry, you're going to be upset, you may feel depressed. Help them understand if they're going to a funeral what they might see at a funeral or at a memorial service, what they might see. Talk about how to prepare them for what other family members may do, what other friends may do. How things may happen, how some people may be inappropriate, may be laughing, may be joking. It's all the anxiety."
"I ask that you keep this student's family in your thoughts and prayers," Dade wrote. "There is no greater tragedy than the loss of a child, and I know that our entire community joins me in expressing condolences."
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