An email from Barrington Superintendent of Schools Michael Messore to parents of local school children said officials will do their best to balance the needs of local students following the tragic death of a seventh-grader last week.
The email was shared on Tuesday morning, April 22, and stated, in part: “Our goal is to provide our students with the appropriate amount of social/emotional support while maintaining a sense of normalcy throughout the day, and during the days to come.”
On Monday, Barrington Police Chief John LaCross confirmed that a 12-year-old local boy had committed suicide last week. He had been reported missing on Wednesday; a man walking in the woods near the end of Legion Way found his body Thursday morning.
Barrington Middle School Principal Dr. Andrew Anderson sent an email to parents of seventh-graders on Monday morning and the superintendent followed a day later with his email to parents of all students in the district.
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the unexpected passing of one of our Middle School students. Out of respect for the family, our priority has been and will continue to be, to honor the privacy of the family during this most difficult time by not releasing the student’s name or details.
“District Administration, Faculty/Staff and School Committee acknowledge that this can be an extremely difficult time for you and your family. Please visit the following link with resources that can be used to help with the coping process. http://www3.barringtonschools.org/BMS/supportservices/default.aspx
“Counselors will continue to be available at Barrington Middle School to provide support to our students on Thursday between 9 and 11 a.m.
“Counselors will be on call for the remainder of the week and available throughout district when students return to school.”
Barrington schools are observing April vacation this week. They are due back in class on Monday, April 28.