The Owego-Apalachin community is mourning the death of a student. In a statement released by the school district, junior Abbey Luffman died on Saturday according to Owego-Apalachin School Superintendent Corey Green. In a written statement, and a recorded telephone call that went out to parents in the district, Green says that Luffman’s death was the result of medical complications. Its unknown what those complications were, or what she was being treated for. Green says counselors will be available in the school setting to assist students as they express their feelings related to the loss of a classmate. If you feel your child is in need of special assistance or is having a great deal of difficulty coping, parents are encouraged to call the school district.
Phone call to parents from Superintendent Green:
Statement from Superintendent Green:
Dear OA School Community,
I write this letter to inform you about the tragic and sudden loss that one of our families experienced yesterday. Abbey Luffman, a junior at OFA, passed away unexpectedly from medical complications. On behalf of the Owego Apalachin Central School District, we would like to express our most sincere condolences to the family, friends, and those most closely affected by this sudden loss.
Counselors will be available in the school setting to assist students as they express their feelings related to the loss of a classmate and friend, or the feelings that will arise due to the previous losses our district has endured. The most important thing we can do is to be supportive and encourage an open expression of feelings. Our teachers and counselors have been briefed on our plans and have received guidelines for discussing death and the reactions to it. If you feel your child is in need of special assistance or is having a great deal of difficulty coping, please do not hesitate to call. Thank you for your continued support of our school community as we work together to help everyone affected.
We know you will join us in our concern and sympathy for the friends and family of Abbey as they grieve this sudden loss.
Corey A. Green
Superintendent of Schools
Owego Apalachin Central School District