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School District Will Continue 'Evaluation' of Student's Death

In a statement read on Tuesday night, school board says circumstances surrounding David Hernandez Barros' death are 'complex.'

The East Hampton School Board kept its meeting brief on Tuesday evening so that members of the board and administrative staff could attend a wake for high school junior David Hernandez Barros, who died unexpectedly on Saturday. 

District Superintendent Rich Burns read a statement on behalf of the board after a moment of silence was observed for the 15-year-old student. 

"This has been a tragedy. We are grieving for David, his family and our community. We will continue our thorough evaluation of this sad and complex situation. Our thoughts and prayers go to the family," Burns said. 

The board kept its discussions on other topics short and to the point. An additional meeting has been scheduled for Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. to go over presentations and discussions they held off on Tuesday, such as a Community Use of School Facilities policy. The next regularly scheduled meeting remains on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. 

A funeral Mass for Hernandez was held on Wednesday morning. 

Staff and students for the Hernandez Barros family. 

Daniel October 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Dear Patch, Has there been a fund created for people who do not go to the school can donate?
Daniel October 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
One that would either go to the family or to be donated for an outreach program or training they may help for this not to happen in the future?
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Thank you for your question, Daniel. Here's what I learned after talking to the school: No fund has been set up as of yet, but the funeral costs were completely covered by the money raised by kids and donated by school faculty and staff members. We will let you know if a fund is set up.

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