Langley High School in Fairfax County, Va. recently suffered the deaths of two students just a day apart from each other.
Fairfax County police discovered the first student, a 17-year-old male, in the afternoon hours of Feb. 3 after responding to a report of a body seen in a wooded area of Scott’s Run Nature Preserve.
A day later, officers were called to a home in Great Falls, Va. where they discovered the body of the second student, also a 17-year-old male.
Police told CBS affiliate WNEW that foul play is not suspected in either case, and that the two deaths are not connected. A student told the TV station that the deaths were suicides.
Following the deaths, Langley High School principal Matt Ragone sent home a letter to parents, offering counseling to students and urging them and their families to avoid spreading rumors.
“The safety and well-being of our students will remain our primary focus,” Ragone wrote. “We will maintain as normal a routine and structure as the situation allows, and we encourage you to do the same. Unfortunately, social media is currently littered with untruths and speculation regarding these incidents. Please help us and each other by not engaging in these rumors.”
Several students on Twitter mentioned bullying as a possible cause of the deaths, fueling speculations that they were suicides.
“Just heard about the Langley High School students,” a user named Taylor Nguyen tweeted. “Thoughts and Prayers go out to them. #StopBullying R.I.P.”
The school also passed out a sheet of questions to faculty and students to help them deal with the deaths. Langley students planned to wear black on Feb. 7 in remembrance of their classmates.
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