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West Fargo Students Dealt Another Blow

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The difficult and challenging times continue for the West Fargo School District. For the fourth time in just two months the district notified parents and staff that a 17-year-old student has died. The district identified the student but didn't indicate how she died. Students say what's happening within the district is a recurring nightmare.

Church is a place to reflect and for Camille Metz, a student at West Fargo High School, its also a place for her to heal. "Tonight I'm going to say an extra prayer, not only for the life we lost today but for the other lives we lost a month ago." Camille says.

After the message was sent out to staff and parents, it didn't take long for the news spread to students, and unfortunately, by now, West Fargo students say they are getting used to the bad news.

"There's actually a line that we all know, that we're all known to know this, it's when the teachers say 'At this time I have some news to support you with today' and then they just, they let us know what happened, and today being the fourth time we've heard that its really hard it's like a big stone put on our chests." Camille tells us. And she says the whole school has pulled together through the hard times.

"throughout this past month it's been really hard, but West Fargo comes together. We are a family, and everything that happens, bad or good, we do together." Together, grieving the loss of four students in such a short period of time.  Camille told Valley News Live that in church, they are helping students from any school by talking about the deaths. West Fargo High School will be remembering all of the students, who have passed away, by dedicating a page in the yearbook to them.  

In it's note to parents, the District indicated it would be providing the necessary support for students and staff. It says over the next few days, its extremely important for parents to spend time communicating with their children, to acknowledge the intensity of the loss and provide opportunities for the teen to express feelings of grief and loss.

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