SUMMIT, NJ - Multiple sources and the Summit Police Department have confirmed to TAPinto Summit that an Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child sophomore student, age 16, from Summit has passed away.

In a one-sentence statement issued via email to TAPinto Summit, Oak Knoll Head of School Timothy J. Saburn said, “As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our community and the family. We ask that you respect our privacy and let us grieve collectively as a community.”

Earlier today, Summit Public Schools Superintendent June Chang sent a letter to parents stating:

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"It is with a heavy heart that we have learned this morning that the Oak Knoll school community suffered a tragic loss of a student. As a school district in Summit, we share this loss and offer our sympathies to the family.

We are taking every measure to be a contact and resource for Oak Knoll as they process this tragedy. We have counselors available throughout the Summit Public Schools for all students and staff, and additional personnel available to assist Oak Knoll in providing emotional support.

The death of a student impacts the entire community. We encourage you to support and comfort your child during this difficult time.You can find information on helping your child through the grieving process at www.griefspeaks.com."

The letter was also posted to the Summit Public Schools Facebook page and then later removed.