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Wisconsin Heights School District offers support to students after deadly shooting of classmate

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Mazomanie (WKOW)--  A difficult situation in Mazomanie is weighing heavily on the minds of students at Wisconsin Heights High School. Family members tell 27 News that 16-year-old Ariyl Brady was one of two victims in Monday night's shooting in Mazomanie.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office says Brady was a junior at the school. The sheriff's office also says the suspect, 17-year-old Dean Sutcliffe also attended Wisconsin Heights High School. Superintendent Dr. Mark Elworthy says the situation has been difficult for many students.

"As you walked around you knew that there was something on the students minds today," Elworthy explains.

For the last eight years Elworthy has led the school district through several difficult situations, but he says it's tough when the tragedy takes the life of one of their own.

"Our size allows us to have very strong relationships with our students," Elworthy explains. "We have people available throughout the day to help students who need it."

Elworthy says the average grade only has about 50 students. So many high school juniors who knew Ariyl knew her well. The school district has two full-time counselors who are busy helping students. They've also designated other district employees to the cause of helping emotional students.

Elworthy says the best thing they can do at this time to comfort students is create a sense of normalcy, getting the students' minds off the tragedy.

"Students in a sense expect to come to school on a Tuesday and so we also want to provide that environment. Part of our plan is being predictable but also responsive to their needs," Elworthy says.

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