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The West Linn middle school will provide opportunities for students to work through grief

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District community announced the heartbreaking news today that Rosemont Ridge Middle School teacher Ben Hsieh died of a heart attack.

"We are so very sad and our thoughts are with Ben's family. Ben was a wonderful man and educator who touched the lives of all he encountered. Our staff is devastated; and we are all deeply concerned for his current and former students as well," Rosemont Ridge Principal Debi Briggs-Crispin said in an email to families.

Briggs-Crispin said school personnel are developing a plan for students' education once classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 5. She added that there will be a time for students to talk about the loss together and counselors will be available to meet with those in need of support. Finally, the school is hosting a parent education night tonight on supporting children through grief from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The email indicates the Hsieh family plans to wait until the spring to hold an event to honor the teacher's life.

"When things like this happen, people have all different kinds of reactions like shock, sadness, fear and anger. Those reactions may rise and fall today and for many days to come. Some of us will want quiet time alone and others may want time to talk and share with each other. Some of us will need more time to process this and others may be ready to return to typical activities sooner than others. We all just need to practice patience and have respect for each other," Briggs-Crispin said.


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