Roanoke City Schools Offers Resources for Grieving After PH Student’s Shooting Death

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – The Patrick Henry High School community mourns the loss of one of its own Saturday after Friday night’s deadly shooting in Blacksburg at the Melody Hookah Lounge left a student dead.

The City of Roanoke Public Schools reached out to its large community on Saturday and offered resources to help in the aftermath of the tragedy:

“We are saddened by the passing of a family member from Patrick Henry High School. Our thoughts are with all those who are grieving. We understand that many members of our community may have feelings of grief, loss, anger or fear and we encourage you to seek help.

Roanoke City Public School Counselors are here to support our school community. They will be available Monday at Patrick Henry and William Fleming Secondary Schools from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for students and staff who need support. We will also have guidance available through Teams. Additionally, there are resources on the City of Roanoke Public Schools website quick links under Resources for Parents and Guardians. These resources will help families if they need to have grief conversations with their child. Immediate assistance is also available by calling Carilion CONNECT at (540) 981.8181.

We are here to support our RCPS family and hope the community will join us in respecting the family’s privacy as they grieve.

To learn more about public schools in the City of Roanoke, visit the division’s website.

Copyright 2022 WDBJ. All rights reserved.