An East Tennessee community is in mourning after an elementary school student died Tuesday after becoming unresponsive on the school bus on the way home.
The name of the third grade boy from Linden Elementary School has not been released.
Dr. Bruce Borchers, Superintendent of Oak Ridge Schools, said Wednesday that five counselors were at the elementary and middle school on Wednesday to talk to the students. The school pschologist was also on hand. They are meeting with students who apppear upset or anxious, but Borchers said it has been remarkably calm.
The counselers met with the boy's class early this morning. They explained to the students that the boy died, and that the firemen and paramedics did everything they could to help him. Staff members also visited the other third grade classes to check on those students.
A staff member will also ride the bus with students this afternoon.
Borchers also said the school's PTO is forming a fund to help the family with expenses, and will be bringing food to the boy's home. There will also be help available for staff members who may need counseling.
A Linden Elementary School student died Tuesday afternoon after becoming unresponsive on the school bus ride home, Oak Ridge Schools reports. The student was pronounced dead at Methodist Medical Center.
The school district says grief counselors will be at Linden Elementary on Wednesday to help students, parents and friends deal with the loss.
The student's identity and cause of death have not yet been released.