Owensboro Teacher and Student Die One Week Apart

Owensboro Public Schools offered in-person and virtual grief counseling to students on Friday, Oct. 2, after a teacher and student at Owensboro High School both passed away within a week of each other.

Posted: Oct 3, 2020 3:35 PM

Owensboro High School students are now facing another tragedy, on top of dealing with learning during a pandemic.

One male student was shot to death while riding a moped in August.

And more recently,  a male social studies teacher and a female student both passed away within a week of each other at the end of September.

To help students cope, Owensboro High School officials offered grief counseling both in-person and virtually to students on Friday, Oct. 2.

"Owensboro High School has seen a lot of loss in this early part of the year. We've had three deaths in the school student body,” said Jared Revlett, public information officer, for Owensboro Public Schools. "When something like this happens, a tragedy happens and lives are lost and people don't know where to turn or where to go, it's good for our school district to be there. To be able to talk to those people and provide some services and be able to talk through the grief and tragedy that they are experiencing."

Cody Russelberg, assistant principal at Sutton Elementary School, worked with Steve Schwartz for ten years, who tragically passed away on Sept. 23th. And while he said he already knew about his cancer diagnosis, his loss is still devastating.

"For me, being a friend of his, but also as a co-worker, and he started as a mentor, teacher for me as well, it was a really a lot of mixed emotions in seeing him in different roles,” Russelberg said. “I looked up to him as a father figure and a friend so it was really hard to get that news."

Any students who were unable to be seen for grief counseling can set up a meeting by calling the central officev at (270) 686-1000.

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