Counseling underway after Spring-Ford area student dies

- Grief counselors were on hand for a second day at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford on Saturday, families and students quietly seeking help to deal with the tragic and sudden death of a 9th grade girl.

Police are investigating claims of cyber bullying in connection with the teenager’s sudden death.

Pastor Melissa Flora of Christ's Church of the Valley says the young teen was a devoted church member for years.

"She would come here every single Sunday and volunteer in our children's programming in our elementary age group,” Pastor Flora said.

People here are stunned. They say the young woman was very loved.

The school’s district superintendent released a statement which reads in part: "Our thoughts are with the family as they struggle to make sense of this tragedy. We encourage our school community to care for one another as we cope with this loss of a young life."

Both the church and the school district are offering resources for anyone affected by this death, and they are asking anyone who feels alone or bullied, or sees someone facing a similar situation to ask for help.

"We just want kids and adults to know that there are people available,” Pastor Flora said. “So don't be afraid to reach out because people are waiting to reach back."

Limerick Township Police are investigating. They hope to have an update with any new information in the coming days.

Grief counselors will be available at Spring-Ford High School through next week.

During services tomorrow, Christ's Church of the Valley will be including a special tribute for the teen.

“It is important to know that the grieving process is normal and can range from withdrawal, to crying, to anger,” Superintendent Dr. David Goodin said. “We will do everything we can to be of assistance to you and your child.”

Parents with urgent concerns about their children can contact these 24-hour emergency hotlines:

  • Mobile Crisis Support hotline: 855-634-4673
  • Montgomery County Crisis hotline: 888-435-7414
  • Chester County Crisis hotline: 610-918-2100
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