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Hazlet Offering Counseling to Students After Classmate's Death

Hazlet Township Superintendent Bernard Bragen issued this release regarding the death of a middle school student Tuesday night.

The following is a statement by Hazlet Township Superintendent Bernard Bragen: 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of one of our middle school students affected by a recent tragedy. At this most difficult time, our students and families continue to remain our number one priority. The primary focus of the Hazlet Township School District is to ensure that we are proactive in providing the necessary services needed for our students’ well-being.

We will offer as much support as possible to all those in need to help our community deal with this tragedy. To that end, our Student Assistance Counselor, Child Study Team and Guidance Counselors are continually meeting with students to provide them with an appropriate forum to discuss any concerns they may have during this difficult time.

The Hazlet Township School District respects the right of children to grieve in their own way and will continue to assist students through this terrible tragedy. We encourage our students to continue to reach out to our counselors if they need assistance.

Any student or community member that may need support in dealing with this recent tragedy, please call 732-264-8411 (ext.1011) to access counseling services.

John April 24, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Anthony was a great kid, well-liked by everyone and a solid football player. He will be greatly missed by his Holmdel Football Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. The Christian Family
Shelley Lind April 24, 2013 at 06:27 PM
So very sad. He was so young..... Our thoughts and prayers go out to his Family and Friends.....
Bell April 24, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Funniest kid in school. Ill miss his neon yellow shoes. Rest easy buddy
Jeff April 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I guess it would be too much for patch to actually tell us what happened...
Jacklyn Corley (Editor) April 25, 2013 at 01:16 AM
In these circumstances, we as an editorial staff have to determine whether the public's right to know outweighs a family's right to privacy. We are not disclosing the nature of the child's death at this time.
gongshow22 April 25, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Thanks Patch for keeping this a private matter for this grieving family. What happened doesn't matter. The fact is that a child was lost today.
Michael Bair April 25, 2013 at 02:02 AM
I had the pleasure of being one of Anthony's coaches the last three seasons in Holmdel. He never gave less than 100% whenever he stepped onto the football field, but more importantly, he was a great young man who I would be proud to call my son. The boys on our Holmdel Hornet team lost a brother. We are all heartbroken. Rest in peace Anthony. You will never be forgotten.
NJ68 April 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM
I guess it would be too much to ask for people to stop posting idioitc statements on patch
Joe Cool April 25, 2013 at 01:41 PM
So the patch is ok with writing an "article" about grief counseling in public schools, but refuse to tell people what ahppened? Why even bother putting an article together? If you truly respected the family's privacy, you wouldn't mention anything at all.
Caring mom April 25, 2013 at 02:24 PM
What an absurd comment! The patch is informing the readers of services that are available under the circumstances. The details are not important to the article.
PATTIE April 25, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Just letting people know there is help for the class mates or any body who needs it.. A young boy died thats sad enough.. Nobody's Business... The details are not important to the article.
DrtyDgz April 25, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Line 1; "The following is a statement by Hazlet Township Superintendent Bernard Bragen:" Patch wrote nothing. They are passing along information that may be helpful to anyone who may need it. Bless the family in this time of tragic loss.
flyerjon April 25, 2013 at 07:03 PM
if your not gonna tell the whole story about this tragedy why write it ,if your not gonna tell us ,what are we suppose to do guess ,we get more info from the comments ,we understand about the privacy of others and the grieving process for the family
flyerjon April 25, 2013 at 07:05 PM
if anyone dies from a public health issue its everybody business
gongshow22 April 25, 2013 at 08:09 PM
@flyerjon Yes it is everyone's business IF it were and then you would have been notified. Since you haven't, now you know that you don't need to worry.Just pray for the family and hope his classmates get the help that they need.
gongshow22 April 25, 2013 at 08:09 PM
@flyerjon Yes it is everyone's business IF it were and then you would have been notified. Since you haven't, now you know that you don't need to worry.Just pray for the family and hope his classmates get the help that they need.
Denise S April 25, 2013 at 08:45 PM
If it were a public health issue you would know about it! A mother lost her child,allow her to grieve without the details being strewn about the internet! Anyone with children that knew the child or family will know what they mean and know they can take advantage of the counsdeling,so unless you were directly affected by this tragedy I suggest stopping the comments! Have a nice day. My thoughts and prayers are with the family
Erika April 26, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Thank you Denise :). My prayers are with the family....may they be strong :(
Biscotta April 26, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Tragic!!! Teenagers have to deal with so much peer pressure, bullying etc... Just horrible to loose someone so young with so much ahead of him. I'll never understand why these things happen.
Biscotta April 26, 2013 at 03:43 PM
The school is doing all they could for the students and teachers.
James April 29, 2013 at 06:32 PM
If this was a completely natural event, then that could be stated. If not knowing the cause may help us prevent this from happening to other youth. It can be used as an educational moment for parents and youth organizations to educate our charges.
Jennifer May 02, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Don't be stubborn, people. Everyone who needs to know, knows. Mind your business. How much can this really bother you? Find something less important to complain about.

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