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School offers counselling after death of Shane Richardson

By Jonathan Bell

A Northern Ireland secondary school has put in place specialist support measures to help pupils affected by the sudden death of one of its pupils cope with the grief.

Shane Richardson (16) was found unconscious in his family home at Brownstown Road in Portadown on Tuesday.

He was rushed to nearby Craigavon Area Hospital, however, attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful.

The boy's family were said to be deeply shocked by the sudden death.

He was set to receive his GCSE results on Thursday.

Craigavon Senior High School, were he had studied, said it has put in place measure to help his fellow pupils cope with the loss.

In a statement, Principal Paula Downing said: "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."

DUP Assembly Member Jonny Buckley said the whole town would rally around the family at such a devastating time.

"It is deeply shocking," he said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

The Richardson family are well-known and respected in the town, and news of the death sent shockwaves through the entire community.

"The people of Portadown will rally as they always do, they will be there for this family in what is such a sad and devastating time for them," added Mr Buckley.

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