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NNHS dealing with yet another student death

A Naperville North freshman died suddenly Tuesday morning, school officials said. This is the fifth sudden student death at NNHS since December of 2015.

Teachers and staff were notified about the death through an email sent by NNHS Principal Stephanie Posey. Teachers read an announcement aloud to their second period classes to inform students. No cause of death was listed in the announcement.

In many cases teachers and students learned of the death at the same time.

In an email sent to parents, Posey said there are additional counselors, social workers and psychologists at NNHS Tuesday, and they will remain there as long as necessary.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, call the DuPage County Health Department Crisis Intervention Unit 24-hour hotline at 630-627-1700.

Audrey Iocca contributed to this post. 

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Julia Donofrio, Editor-in-Chief

This is Julia’s third year on The North Star staff and her first year as Editor in Chief. She is excited to learn more journalistic and leadership skills this year to prepare her to major in journalism in college. In addition to The North Star, Julia loves to dance and is the Vice President of Orchesis and a member of the Varsity Dance Team.

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Jacob de Waard is a senior at Naperville North High School and is the Multimedia Producer for The North Star and The NOW. Jacob was born in New Jersey and lived on three different continents before moving to Naperville. He is also an aspiring photojournalist and pizza connoisseur.

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2 Responses to “NNHS dealing with yet another student death”

  1. Sara Plucinski on February 28th, 2018 9:05 am

    i have no words
    if we could’ve noticed the signs earlier
    then we could’ve stopped this
    i don’t know whether to feel angry, sad, or pitiful
    because i feel all three, and when there have been five. five deaths, since december 2015, then it angers me to realize that most have been suicide.
    student stress and apathy has risen and i can feel it, and it’s the worst to learn that another stunning soul has been taken from the same high school. over. and over. and over.
    next year i will be a freshman there, and i beg for one thing
    north. change.
    (National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255)

  2. Former NNHS Student on April 13th, 2018 10:19 pm

    I am a graduate of NNHS (Class of 2008) and I am so heartbroken with the news I have heard coming out the school in the last few years. We did not in anyway have these problems when I was there and my guess had to do in large part that our principal (trumper) knew what he was doing. He had a solid hold on the school and was liked by many. Also, social media was in its very early stages and is not what it has become today, i think things like Facebook and snapchat are to blame as well. But there should be no excuse for 5 deaths in 3 years… get your act together and stop putting so much stress on the students.

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