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Richlands students take break to mourn student’s death

RICHLANDS, VA (WVVA) About 100 plus students from Richlands High School and Middle school took a break from classes to mourn the loss of a ninth grader there.

Tazewell County Superintendent George Brown called the student gathering around the flagpole “the first step in the healing process.” Brown said the student’s death Monday night hit the student body hard. Several local ministers met with the students and helped them deal with their grief.

The sophomore’s death, an apparent suicide, is still being investigated by the Tazewell Sheriff’s Office.

Brown described the students time outside the school Tuesday afternoon as an “organized exercise and homage to their classmate.”

Students at Richlands High School left sticky notes on all the lockers that read “You are bigger than your darkness!

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WVVA Staff

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