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Millburn High School Senior Dies

Charles Zhang was active with various MHS arts programs.

A Millburn High School senior has died, school officials told Patch Thursday.

Charles Zhang died this week, officials confirmed, but declined to provide additional details. 

“Our thoughts and support go out to his family and friends at this difficult time,” the school district said in a statement. 

Zhang was active with the Millburn Forensics Team, the school’s visual arts program, and the Limelight Players

He is also featured in a film set to be shown at the Millburn Film Festival next month.

Trained support personnel and grief counseling were available for students and staff district schools, according to the Millburn School District.

The district addressed rumors that Zhang’s death was a suicide in a letter to parents Thursday:

“Since the subject has been raised, we want to take this opportunity to remind our community that suicide, when it does occur, is a very complicated act. Its causes are complex, and the warning signs can be confusing.” 

More information on suicide prevention can be found at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.

Judith March 21, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Charles was a wonderful kid. For example, he once dressed up as Spiderman and visited kids at a hospital, and was always very kind. This is a terrible loss for our community.
Nile west March 21, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Really sad.....prayers goes out to the family.
uncle albert March 22, 2014 at 08:14 AM
My nephew committed suicide last year at the age of 16. Knowing that he was attracted to other boys since a very young age he decided to not live in the closet, but to live as an "outed" gay to his parents and siblings. Word made it to his peers at school and the bullying got to a point that he could not take it any longer. I'm not saying that this is what happened to this young man, for I do not know, but that we as a society in general and also teachers, school peers must learn that some people are different from them and that we must practice acceptance and celebrate our difference and not hate someone for those differences, what ever they may be. The teen years are hard enough without harassing & bullying someone because they are different. My heart felt condolences to the parents and family.

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