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Coweta superintendent releases statement after suicide of student

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Updated: 2/05/2013 5:18 pm Published: 2/05/2013 2:38 pm

One day after a student at the Coweta Intermediate High School took his own life, the superintendent released a statement about how the school is reacting.

Superintendent Jeff Holmes sent the following statement to FOX23:

Students at all eight school sights of Coweta Public Schools returned to school today following an extremely difficult day. Attendance is near normal rates at all sites with the exception of the Intermediate High School where attendance is better than expected. Approximately fifty students more than normal were not in attendance.

More than twenty additional counselors were scattered throughout the school district today to meet the needs of students and staff. The majority of those counselors were assisting inside the Intermediate High School.

Counselors from the surrounding school districts of Bixby, Broken Arrow, Porter, Oktaha, and Hilldale were used as well as various other crisis teams. Multiple other school districts and agencies are currently on stand by and may be used in upcoming days. We plan to have additional counselors available as long as necessary.

The support for our students and staff has been tremendous. Our local community is so supportive of our students and staff. On behalf of Coweta Public Schools, I want to thank everyone who has extended their thoughts, prayers, and good deeds to us.

Triston Stephens, 15, took his own life at the school on Monday.  

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