RARITAN TWP., NJ – A student at Hunterdon Central High School died yesterday, and Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Moore has been in contact with his family and the school community to offer support, TAPinto has learned.
Edin Carrera Calderon was a senior at the school, according to a message Moore prepared for parents. A moment of silence was planned for the student this morning.
“We want you to know that we are all here for you,” Moore wrote in a message to students. “Please reach out to any teacher, your counselor, or any other adult here at school if you need help or need to talk,” he said.
Moore said counselors will be available to students.
“We realize that it is natural for children to struggle through a difficult loss,” Moore wrote to parents. “If you have concerns about your or any other child, please tell us. We have measures in place to take care of our students and are ready to help if they need extra support.”
Moore said teachers are watching students for any signs of distress.
Moore pleaded with parents to “join us in urging students to refrain from rumors.” He said that rumors and misinformation “threaten to distract us from our most important work – helping and offering solace to those who are in pain.”
HCHS has specialists on its staff, as well as community partners such as Hunterdon Medical Center and the Traumatic Loss Coalition.
“These experts are just a few among the many in our family who work with and care” about the district’s children, Moore said. “Students who are worried about their own feelings, or who are concerned about a family member, a classmate, or anyone else, can speak with any adult in our school to receive assistance.”