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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Christopher Lanni Vigil Canceled

Organizers of a planned vigil today at 7 p.m. on Jesup Green for Staples High School freshman Christopher Lanni, 14,have canceled the event. He died Dec. 23.

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Christopher Lanni: Staples freshman. Contributed photo

The announcement followed Saturday’s death of Staples English teacher Cody Thomas, 27. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled both took their own lives.

“We hope the Lanni family can find comfort in knowing that the intent and spirit of the vigil has already affected and impacted many in our community,” organizers said in a Facebook posting.

“In holding the safety of our students and families in upmost importance, we are cancelling tonight’s vigil.”

The message did not specify the “safety” issues involved, but one parent said following the Thomas death there was concern media coverage of the vigil might adversely affect “at-risk individuals.”

“There is great concern throughout the state’s mental health community” about media coverage, she said.

The Staples Orphenians had been scheduled to perform at the vigil.

The Facebook posting said Westport’s school district is currently working in conjunction with the CT Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB) and Suicide Prevention for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

“Our hope is that we will come together as a community in a supportive environment in the very near future,” it said.

The message said organizers had been provided with the following resources:

• Prevent Suicide CT: http://www.preventsuicidect.org/

• Adult Mobile Psychiatric Services: For Westport Area- 1 (800) 586-9903; Statewide- http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=2902&q=378578

• Child Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services: Statewide-http://www.empsct.org/ or Call 211.

• American Foundation for Suicide Prevention CT Chapters: http://afsp.org/

• In crisis call 211 or 1(800) 273-8255(TALK); in an emergency call 911.

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