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Co Armagh school offers students counselling following sudden death of classmate

The 16-year-old was due to get his GCSE results this week

Craigavon Senior High School

A county Armagh high school has offered its students specialist support following the sudden death of one of its pupils. 

Shane Richardson, 16, from Portadown, was due to pick up his GCSE results this week but sadly passed away on Tuesday.

Craigavon Senior High School have put the arrangements in place following the teenager’s death which has shocked an entire community.

post-mortem examination is to be carried out after a 16-year-old boy died suddenly in Portadown.

Shane Richardson, who was from the Brownstown West/Rectory area of the County Armagh town, died on Tuesday.

The Craigavon Senior High School year 12 student was due to get his GCSE results this week.

In a statement, Principal Paula Downing said specialist support had been made available to help pupils “come to terms with the tragic loss”.

“Our entire school community is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of one of our Year 12 pupils. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time,” she said.

“The school has put arrangements in place to ensure that specialist support is available help pupils come to terms with this tragic loss. We are making every effort to ensure that they are fully supported.”

Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the youngster’s death.

Tributes have flooded in for a young man described as a “genuinely lovely fella”.

One friend said: “All the memories of growing up together, watching you grow into a young man, giving you advice and chatting to you…I’m going to miss you and your big bake your stupid banter.

“God only takes the best and he chosen you. Sleep tight wee man.”

One friend added: “In absolute and complete shock at the news…such a genuine lovely fella.”

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