James Thompson, 16, a victim of a shooting spree in northeast Raleigh, has been identified as a Knightdale High School student. Principal Keith Richardson announced in a statement on Friday that Thompson was murdered in the “tragic shooting on the Neuse River Greenway.” He declared, “Our school community as well as the larger Raleigh community are going through an extraordinarily trying period.”
According to the statement, counseling services and the Wake County Public School System’s Crisis Team would be accessible on the campus of the school on Friday and into the next week.
As for parents of Knightdale High students, the principal said, “As a parent or guardian, you have the opportunity to decide if this is information you want to share. As you think about how to care for your child, there are some resources that you might find helpful to assist your child through this loss.” Those resources include Transitions GriefCare, support services and memorial guidelines page for anyone in the school community who wishes to express their grief with a memorial.