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.

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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.

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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.”

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