In the wake of the death of a 15 year old male Greenwich High School student, Family Centers' Senior Social Worker Ed Moran says now is the wrong time to be silent.
Ed Moran said "It's important that people talk about it and that families take the opportunity to have these conversations with their kids."
The Greenwich Police Department have determined that the high school sophomore died Tuesday evening
from a self-inflicted shotgun wound.
Moran said "We go through a wide range of things when something like these happens. There's the sort of really awkward feeling of discomfort that comes with a death of that nature, because it is so violent and because it leaves so many questions behind."
During a press conference Wednesday afternoon
, First Selectmen Peter Tesei stressed the importance of teens utilizing the resources available to them throughout the town including Family Centers
First Selectmen Peter Tesei "Please, please, avail yourself to the resources, whether they be in your school or outside of school."
Moran added "There are programs out there for kids who are depressed who are experiencing bullying behaviors. There are social skills groups that exist. Family Centers offers programs, groups, and individual therapy and family therapy surrounding issues like this as well."
Moran says it is also important for parents and teens alike to start paying closer attention to bullying on social media sites.
Moran added "I think parents should have access. Not that they are going to be going online all the time, but they should have access. Parents should have passwords. That should an open relationship. That parents if they choose to go on and just monitor, they are able to."
Resources such as Family Centers are available to those in the community who may need them. Crisis teams have also been set up in Greenwich High School as well as Western Middle School and New Lebanon School to talk to students and facility members.
Moran concluded "Try to get past the sense that you are breaching somebody's privacy. Because you could be saving their life."