New London mourns loss of middle school student

New London — New London public schools is offering counseling for students in need of support following the death of a New London middle school student this week.

School Superintendent Cynthia Ritchie sent an email to students' families on Wednesday. The message from Ritchie did not include any details about the death or the student.

“It is with deep regret and sadness that I inform you about a recent loss of one of our middle school students,” Ritchie wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this student. This news is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for the entire New London public schools district, especially our students.”

Ritchie included information related to professionals trained to help personnel and students in such situations. New London Public Schools has both districtwide and school-level crisis intervention teams made up of professionals trained to help students, she said.

New London police Capt. Brian Wright said the police department is aware of the child’s death and gathering information but has made no determination on whether the death has any criminal aspect.

The boy was hospitalized at the time of his death, police said.

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