Sent via email today:
Dear Parents/ Guardians, Staff and Students:
Today I spoke with a representative for the family of Tyler Clementi, confirming both Tyler's continued status as a missing person and the family's grief and request for privacy.
This time is one of deep sadness for the entire community of the Ridgewood Public Schools. Tyler was a product of the Ridgewood Public Schools since kindergarten, having attended Travell Elementary School and Benjamin Franklin Middle School before graduating from Ridgewood High School in 2010. A top student and gifted musician, Tyler was known in our learning community as a talented, humble, kind and gentle young man who left a positive impression on everyone he met. An advanced musical student since his freshman year at RHS, Tyler's proficiency earned the highest respect from his teachers and fellow students.
I emphasize the importance of supporting our students and staff members at this very difficult time. It is particularly important that children be encouraged to voice their feelings to a trusted adult. To assist with that process, the district's Crisis Intervention Counselors are available and on call for any student or staff member needing their services.
It is also important that we support the Clementi family's request for privacy. As such, the district will limit itself to acknowledging only confirmed facts about the ongoing police investigation.
I know that you join with me in your thoughts and prayers for Tyler and the Clementi family.
Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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