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: Bipartisan Election Bill Introduced In Pennsylvania
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: Police Release Video Of Alleged Suspects Wanted For Deadly Beating At Pat's Steaks In South Philadelphia
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: Man Hospitalized After Shooting Inside Concord Mall, Delaware State Police Say
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