DOVER – School officials are helping students and families cope after a second teen's death within a week.
On Thursday morning, 14-year-old Brian Schultz was found unresponsive at his home on Cottonwood Drive. Police were called to the residence at 6:07 a.m.
Lt. Brant Dolleman said drugs and alcohol are not suspected. Based on the evidence and information gathered at the scene, Schultz’s death does not appear to be the result of foul play.
On Feb. 1, the body of 12-year-old Nathaniel Boily was pulled from the Bellamy River, which runs along Route 16 through Dover before emptying into Great Bay. It's believed the boy drowned after falling through the ice on his way home from Dover Middle School Jan. 31.
In a letter sent home to parents, Superintendent William Harbron said Dover High School teachers had a conversation Thursday morning with students about the passing of Schultz, who was a freshman.
Harbron said Dover Middle School students may also be affected by Schultz’s untimely death.
“If either you or your child needs additional support over the weekend, or at any time, please contact Community Partners Emergency Services at 603-516-9300. This is a 24-hour emergency line,” Harbron wrote.
The superintendent included a link to resources from the National Alliance on Mental Illness in New Hampshire and The Dougy Center, which provides support in a safe place for people grieving.
In an email to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Harbron said in addition to Schultz’s death and Boily’s drowning, a district eighth grader committed suicide in January of 2018.
Harbron said in all three cases the district has worked with NAMI, Community Partners and the New Hampshire Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team to have support in place for students and staff.
“They will continue to work with the district and schools throughout this current event,” Harbron said.
The superintendent said after every student death, school officials debrief and study their response to determine what worked and what needs to be improved.
For tips on supporting a grieving teen, visit https://4.files.edl.io/306a/02/07/19/182307-b679cbef-92b1-4b03-8220-c608c0423df9.pdf.