Three weeks after 9-year-old's apparent overdose, a school copes

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Nov 3, 2014 4:54 AM

(Northumberland) -- Some students are still trying to make sense over the death of a nine-year-old boy from an apparent drug overdose in Northumberland County, and teachers are watching for unusual behavior.

David Sinopoli, Acting Superintendent of the Shikellamy School District, says counselors worked with students and staff the first two days after the death, but haven't been needed much in the past three weeks.

Police found the boy dead October 13th after a 911 caller said he was experiencing cardiac arrest.

Sinopoli, who goes back to his usual job as district business manager November 6th, says the school will be ready for any other developments in the case.

"The story I don't think is completely come out yet because I know the law enforcement agencies are still working on the individual, the adult who was involved," he says.

The boy died just as Sinopoli took over as superintendent, and he says he had a lot of help.

"Well I think our staff responded very, very well from the time we were first notified throughout. They just took the stituation and made sure they protected themselves as well as the students in their care."

58 year old Victor Hare is charged with child endangerment in connection to the child's death.

Sinopoli says teachers are reminded to look for emotions students wouldn't usually show in a classroom.

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