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Nov 25, 2016 1:16 PM

Third-grader dies day before Thanksgiving, New England elementary school mourns


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine elementary school is providing grief counseling after the death of a third-grade student the day before Thanksgiving.

The superintendent of Regional School Unit 63 wrote on the school's website that Holden School student Isaiah Perry was a "wonderful, friendly child" and said his death was "very untimely and tragic."

The school opened Friday afternoon for parents, children, staff and community members to learn how to seek support and learn how to talk about loss with children.

Mental health professionals will support students and staff on Monday, and a 24-hour crisis hotline is available 1-888-568-1112.

The school did not respond to requests for additional information Friday.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death.

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