Windermere High mourns death of student

Principal Douglas Guthrie notified WHS families of the 'tragic death' of a student on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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  • | 11:13 a.m. January 14, 2020
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The Windermere High School community is grieving following the news of a student's death the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 14.

According to Orange County Public Schools, WHS Principal Douglas Guthrie sent a voice message to Windermere High families informing them of the death.

"This morning I was notified of a tragic death of one of our students,” Guthrie said in the message. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they go through this difficult time.”

Guthrie said grief counselors are on campus in the media center for students and staff who need to talk to someone. He added that parents might hear of the news from their children and are encouraged to openly discuss their feelings.

“Students have varied reactions to death of a peer,” Guthrie said. “Any reaction is normal in the grief process, and I encourage you to openly discuss with your child their feelings and reactions. …We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy at this time.”


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