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Message from Mr. Christensen regarding a tragic event


October 4, 2010


Dear Parents, Students and Friends:

It is with great sadness that I inform you of a tragedy that has befallen a Terra Linda High School student.    


Saturday evening, (October 3, 2010), preliminary indications from our local authorities are that one of our students chose to end her life.  While I am aware that many know the identity of the young woman and the circumstances of her passing, in the interest of confidentiality and respect for her family, I will purposely not refer to her by name.


First and foremost, the Terra Linda High School community wishes to convey our heartfelt condolences to the young woman’s family and friends.  Their loss has deeply affected us all.


The student in question had many friends and acquaintances.  With this tragedy, we anticipate that some students may experience feelings of confusion, frustration and sorrow.  We believe that it is important that students be encouraged to discuss these potential feelings and emotions with a mental health professional.


As we begin the week of Monday, October 4, 2010, Terra Linda High School counselors and psychologists, in addition to crisis counselors and mental health professionals from the Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) group, will be on campus to assist students in the processing, “sorting out” and “coming to grips” with the many emotions that may surface when contemplating this tragedy.  The Terra Linda High School Library will serve as the counseling center.


We are of the belief that we should not underestimate the potential short-term and long-term effects of this tragedy on your son or daughter.  We encourage you to speak with your sons and daughters regarding their feelings in this matter.  With this letter, I have enclosed some brief guidelines in coping with loss.


The young woman, of whom I speak, like all of us, is a member of the Terra Linda High School community.  Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  Please call if we can be of assistance to your student or family (415-492-3100).





Lars Christensen