Oxford Academy will be on a one-hour delay Monday to prepare staff to deal with students mourning the death of a classmate Friday.
Amelia Wakefield, 16, a junior at Oxford, was found dead in the town of Smithville in Chenango County.
According to police reports at 6:51 p.m. Friday, the members of Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, village of Greene Police Department and New York State Police responded to 136 Water St. in the town of Smithville.
The victim was later transported to Lourde’s in Binghamton where an autopsy will be performed.
The New York State Police Forensic Investigation Unit and Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene. The investigation is ongoing, no other details will be released at this time.
Oxford Academy Superintendent Shawn Bissetta put out a statement Saturday:
"It is with profound sadness that I share news of the unexpected death of one our students, Amelia Wakefield, this weekend. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, classmates and teammates, coaches, teachers, and school staff, all of whom are dealing with unimaginable loss.
"An investigation is ongoing so no further details are available at this time.
"Amelia, an 11th grader who spent her entire school career at Oxford Academy, was a member of our soccer and basketball teams. She was a valued part of our school community and will be remembered always.
"Our crisis team has met to ensure support is in place for everyone. Oxford Academy will be on a one-hour delay on Monday, May 6 for staff preparation, and grief counseling and support services will be provided at school beginning Monday morning. The district has arranged for additional counselors on site; our own district counselors will be available for students and staff for as long as that’s needed. Families are also invited to call counselors at any of our school buildings for guidance about helping students work through grief and other concerns they may have. Please be aware that everyone processes unexpected death differently. Many are shocked and hurting, and we will do all we can to help.
"The Oxford community is clearly compassionate and resilient. We trust that you will join us in keeping Amelia’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this immensely difficult time."