Portsmouth High School announces death of student

Editor’s note: Portsmouth Press sends its sincerest condolences to Connor’s family and friends. 

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth High School announced Monday evening the death of a student. Mental health support will be available to students and staff on Tuesday.

The student, Connor Peckham, was a member of the high school marching band. Members of the band, who are currently performing in Florida, were notified Monday evening.

Portsmouth High School Principal Joseph Amaral sent the following email to parents on Monday evening:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am writing to inform you with sad news regarding a Portsmouth High School student, Connor Peckham. Sadly, we were informed today that Connor passed away. Connor was a member of the band and well liked by his peers and the PHS faculty and staff. As our thoughts and prayers go out to the Peckham family during this time of sadness, I want to share information with you regarding plans to support students and staff during this difficult time.

You may find that your child may want to seek support or ask questions. A Drop-In Assistance Center has been established at PHS in cooperation with our local mental health agency and Portsmouth School Department mental health providers. The Drop-In Assistance Center will be available to provide mental health support to students and staff beginning tomorrow. Further information will be provided in subsequent communication regarding supports over the next few days. It is likely that your child may experience significant grief on hearing about Connor’s death and I encourage you and your child to come together with our school community, students, and staff during this difficult time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.


Joseph Amaral

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