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Clark County students dealt with high number of deaths

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Updated: 6/17/2013 11:12 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- It's an alarming trend.

More students died in uncontrolled situations this year than ever before.

News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli has more information on just how many Clark County students we're talking about.

The district won't release the exact figure but we are up to 40 students and staff who passed away during the school year. Most are students and most are unusual deaths.

No matter how a child dies, loved ones hurt. In March, 15-year-old Robert Brown died as a passenger in what appeared to be a drunk driving accident.

Driving fatalities are often the most common student deaths in Cark County schools, but this year, we've seen all sort of tragedies.

There's 17-year-old Andrew Sassy who fell to his death at Red Rock Canyon last month.

Fellow Bonanza High student Marcos Arenas was killed over an iPad.

“This has been a much more difficult year. We've had much more unusual incidents that people wouldn't think would happen," said Rosemary Virtuoso with CCSD. She manages teams that go to effected schools and says these unusual incidents are the most challenging.

“Because kids then question I thought I was in a safe world, but I guess I’m not,” she said.

She runs what may be the first and only student threat & crisis response department for a school district. After a death, Virtuoso says it is important for students to talk to each other and leave memorials.

“It's been very effective, very controlled. Once kids close the book on the situation, it's not like they've lost the memory of the student ;but they celebrate the kids memories,” she said.

She is also struck by how many tragedies students have faced so close to the end of the school year like what appears to be an accidental shooting of 13-year-old girl Brooklynn Mohler.

“At this time the kids are extremely busy, very stressed out,” she said. “Somewhat vulnerable because of other issue going on for them-- graduation, moving onto the next grade.”

On Tuesday, CCSD's crisis team is meeting with local pediatric and mental hospitals to discuss prevention and how they can work together.

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