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High School Senior Reported Dead

Counselors will be available at the high school until 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

A Lacey Township High School Senior died in his Forked River home Tuesday, police officials said.

“Today we learned of the tragic death of one of our high school seniors,” Superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower said. “Upon learning of the tragedy, the District Crisis Team was convened and the Crisis Management Plan was implemented.”

Counseling services are available beginning at High School dismissal until 8 p.m. Tuesday in the High School Library.

Crisis counselors were called in from all Lacey schools as well as from surrounding districts, Brower said.

Further counseling services will be provided for students at the high school throughout the day tomorrow until 8 p.m.

Patch was unable to immediately confirm the circumstances surrounding the death. But Brower did say that the incident did not occur on school property and the schools remain secure.

Police received a call regarding the deceased individual at 11:29 a.m. Tuesday, Cpt. David Paprota reported. Upon arrival at the Lacey home, officers confirmed the death and notified the Ocean County Medical Examiner and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Due to the individual’s status as a senior at Lacey Township High School, school officials were notified to arrange for student and staff support services. Brower said the district was notified at approximately noon Tuesday.

Police did not release the individual’s name and declined to provide further information.

The incident is being investigated by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michael Paulhus did not immediately return calls for comment.

The announcement comes just hours after the district canceled its parent community forum on school safety, which was initiated following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The district is asking residents to monitor the website for a rescheduled date and time. The meeting was coordinated just four days after the mass shooting in Connecticut that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

Continue to follow Lacey Patch as this story develops.

KATHLEEN December 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM
very sad
Crystal Green December 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
My prayers go to the family n the district.
Kyra December 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM
absolutely heartbreaking
DOREEN December 18, 2012 at 11:37 PM
My prayers to the family and students at Lacey
a andrews December 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM
i'll always remember him as a little kid happy ...haven't really talked to him since then but it breaks my heart .i was looking at pictures earlier after i found out . he was then and always will b like another little brother my heart goes out to his mom and brother i can't even imagine how they feel .i'm soo sorry ..i know words can not take away the pain ..i wish i could take it all away ..i send my love i still can't beleive this has happend
proud December 19, 2012 at 04:27 AM
God Bless
Steve December 19, 2012 at 06:59 AM
He was the greatest kid anyone could ever meet. He always had a smile on his face and welcomed you with a warm heart. He excelled at everything he did. Never afraid to take chances and try new things. I will always remember him forever as the boy who left the room brighter. Heaven will be thankful to have a great kid like him.
makemyday December 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. I pray that other kids know that no matter what happens in life, its not so bad that it cant be fixed. Parents, friends and school councelors are there to talk and help. May God be with you all.
GB Shore December 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Prayers....but I have no words...speechless....
Johnny bravo December 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
In addition to praying for the family and friends do not forget to pray for the police and EMS who responded to such a horrible incident
Jennifer December 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM
What is this world coming to when we can't keep are kids safe anymore. God bless all the familys that lost a loved one over this sad past week.
grace December 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
this is so sad ! i must say this has been the saddest year
Amy Ford December 19, 2012 at 03:40 PM
God Bless the Family & friends of this youngman So very sad GOD SPEED D.D.

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