BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania high school will forfeit a football game while students and staff grieve the recent suicides of two students.
The Blairsville High School students, who are not being identified, killed themselves Oct. 5 and 11.READ MORE: Some Philadelphia Residents Facing Fines For Piled Up Curbside Trash As Pickups Delayed
The school has brought in counselors and made clergy available and a community prayer vigil has been scheduled for Friday evening. That’s when Blairsville was to have played Ligonier Valley.
Jeff Soles, the assistant superintendent of the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District says the decision to forfeit the game wasn’t a “top-down” decision, but was made after getting input from the coaches, students and athletic director.READ MORE: Sixers Force Game 7 With Gritty Road Win Over Hawks
The high school about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh has just 300 students and about 80 seniors.
Soles says, “This is a time for reflection … for everyone to have a chance to grieve.”MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Dirt Bike-Riding Suspect In West Philadelphia Deadly Shooting
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