Whitney: Crisis counselors on hand at high school after student’s death

Published: Sep. 19, 2019 at 10:49 AM CDT
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Crisis counselors were on hand Monday at Whitney High School after one of the school’s students committed suicide over the weekend and will be available to students and staff as long as needed.

Letters were sent home Monday advising parents of the death of Shani Blevins, 17.

“We extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends, as they will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers,” Whitney High School Principal Amy Leech wrote.

“Students and staff learned of this loss (Monday) at school as a statement from the “After a Suicide Toolkit for Schools,” a resource shared with us for this situation, was read in each homeroom class.”

Leech encouraged parents to talk to their children about the death.

“We want to ensure to the greatest degree possible that every student receives the support and assistance he or she needs to cope with this loss,” Leech wrote.

“Together we will help and care for one another as we move through this difficult time.”

A funeral service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday at Lawson Funeral Home in Cleburne.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.