TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) James Earle Superintendent of Trenton Public School District released a statement on Friday following numerous traumatic and tragic events around Trenton Public Schools.

“After the Mercer County Tournament championship game at CURE Area last night (Feb. 16), there was an altercation involving several unidentified individuals. District officials have been informed that a young man, a 2019 graduate of Trenton Central High School, lost his life as a result of injuries sustained during the altercation. At this time, we are not aware of any current students who may have been directly involved but have contacted those who may be connected to ensure they are not on campus today (Feb. 17).

Unfortunately, the altercation was recorded and posted on social media. Students and staff members may have already witnessed in person or viewed the incident online. Administrators have activated the district crisis team for staff members and students who may need support during the school day. Additional law enforcement will be present inside TCHS and patrolling the school campus as a precaution.

The past two weeks have been traumatic for our TPS family. Students and staff have experienced tragic events happening inside schools, within our community, and watched them unfold across the country.

As a district, our work continues to be critical to changing the circumstances of our young people. Students need access to better options for resolving conflict. We will continue to work closely with the Trenton Police Department to ensure the safety of our staff and students. If you have any concerns regarding a student or staff member who may need support, please reach out to our school administrators.

I hope you all have a safe and restful three-day weekend and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Thomas Peterson is the Editor in Chief and founder of Peterson’s Breaking News of Trenton. Thomas founded PBT in 2012.