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School District Reaches Out Following Student's Death  

By Lookout Staff

January 19, 2011 -- School Superintendent Tim Cuneo let the community know his staff is trying to help students and parents come to terms with the tragic death of Santa Monica High School student Matthew Mezza.

In an emailed release sent out Tuesday, the first day back at school since Mezza's apparent suicide, Cuneo said mental health professionals will be on hand at SAMOHI “to help students, staff, and parents manage the understandable feelings of shock, grief, and confusion.”

“The District will continue to provide both short-term and long-term support for students and staff impacted by this tragedy,” he said. “The SMMUSD community’s thoughts and prayers are with Matthew’s family.”

The district also released details of Matthew Mezza's memorial service to be held at Hillside Memorial Park at 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, but urged people to “use their utmost discretion when deciding whether to attend the funeral based on whether or not they have a direct connection with Matthew or his family.”

The family has asked that donations be made to the Santa Monica High School Baseball Team or to the Youth Suicide prevention line at in lieu of flowers.

Mezza jumped from the 10th floor of the Sheraton Delafina Hotel as his shocked baseball teammates looked on Friday afternoon.

The District is investigating his death, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.


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