Worthington Schools will make grief counselors available after a Thomas Worthington High School student died June 4, according to an email from Superintendent Trent Bowers to district families.
Bowers' email Tuesday morning, June 5, said rising senior Olivia "Liv" Midnight died from bleeding in the brain. She had been taken to the hospital June 3 after suddenly falling ill, the email said.
"Friends describe Liv as loving, caring, sweet, funny, had a great sense of humor and was a great friend," Bowers wrote. "Adults in the school say Liv was kind, had a great smile, was genuine, hardworking, and compassionate."
Bowers' email said grief counselors would be in the Thomas Worthington library, 300 W. Dublin-Granville Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, June 5, and noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 6.
"Death at any time can cause many different feelings and have a profound effect on people," he wrote. "It is important for you to talk with your child about feelings of grief, even if it is difficult. The best way to help is to listen and to be reassuring. Ask your child about his or her reactions to the loss and accept those feelings as stated. Be careful not to minimize their pain or deny their feelings. Realize that teenagers move in and out of the grief process. Be especially attentive to your child if you see major changes. If you believe your child needs immediate assistance, please contact Franklin County Psychiatric Crisis Hotline at 614-772-1800."
District spokeswoman Vicki Gnezda and Thomas Worthington principal Pete Scully declined additional comments.
Gnezda said students were organizing a vigil at 8 p.m. June 5 on the high school lawn.
ThisWeek will add updates on any other vigils or public funeral arrangements as details become available.