Parents and Students, We have learned of the tragic death of one of our students. Our thoughts and hearts are with the student's family and friends during this difficult time.
Below you will find helpful resources for parents on how to talk to your children about death. Feeling sad is a normal response to any loss. If, however, your child displays extreme reactions of avoidance and withdrawal or anger that results in risk-taking behaviors (such as alcohol or drug use), please contact your school counselor at 417-625-5230. We are here to help and have resources available for students and families. For additional information on how to talk to your child about suicide, visit our website at www.joplineagles.org. You can also seek immediate help by calling Ozark Center’s Crisis Intervention Hotline at 417-347-7720.
Talking with Your Child About Suicide
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Dougy Center - The National Center for Grieving Children & Families
Members of our Crisis Response team will be available to meet with students individually and in groups on Monday and over the coming days and weeks. However, we plan to make crisis counseling available for students following the funeral and will share information about that event and its location once it has been scheduled.
A complete obituary for Presley Ruch can be found at this link.