WALES — Regional School Unit 4 Superintendent Andrew Carlton has advised parents that counseling services are being provided following the suicide of a student Friday.

He offered the district’s sympathies to the student’s family and friends.

“Because of our close school community, this death touches everyone,” Carlton wrote in a message to parents in Litchfield, Sabattus and Wales. “Open communication between parents and children is very important,” he wrote.

Carlton said the school system implemented its Emergency Response Plan “in an effort to provide an appropriate response to this tragic event.”

Counseling services were offered Sunday and Monday at Oak Hill High School and any students having a particularly hard time with this loss are encouraged to contact the school or the Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline at 1-888-568-1112.

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