The death this week of a Carthage High School student from a long illness prompted school administrators to call in counselors for students who might need to talk about the loss.

The death this week of a Carthage High School student from a long illness prompted school administrators to call in counselors for students who might need to talk about the loss.

Carthage High School Principal Matt Huntley said in a letter posted on the High School's Facebook page that counselors from the district's Crisis Team would be available Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. And Friday from noon-2 p.m., for students who need help coping with feelings about a classmate's death.

“Though school is not in session at this moment, this will be a difficult time for many of our CHS students,” the letter said. “We have implemented the District Crisis Plan, and though it is still summertime, we promise to do our best to offer our students any the comfort and support they may need.”

Huntley's note said the district would be mailing home information regarding grief and loss for families to use to help children in their time of need.

Superintendent Mark Baker confirmed that the student who passed died of complications from a long illness.