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Hope and Healing Support

November 23, 2021

Dear Viking Family,

It is with deep regret that I inform you of a recent loss to our school community. Earlier today, local police informed the District that Princeton High School Senior, Sebastian Sente Ruiz, has passed away. 

The police investigation is ongoing, and we are fully cooperating and working closely with law enforcement. If anyone has information to share, please contact 513-352-3040. 

Our hearts are with Sebastian's family and loved ones as they process this tragic loss. We have a deep concern for the safety and well-being of our students, families, and educational community. 

Especially as the holidays approach, we understand that students, staff, and families in our community may be experiencing difficult emotions, concerns, and questions. We continue to provide support for our students during this time - detailed information can be found on our District website's Hope and Healing page.

The Princeton City School District Crisis Intervention Team and staff from Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Talbert House, and Fernside will be available to support staff and students as they return from Thanksgiving Break. If you need immediate assistance, please call the Talbert House hotline at 513-281-CARE (513-281-2273). For additional resources, you are welcome to contact Dr. Ronald Fausnaugh, Director of Student Services, who can be reached at 513-864-1093. 

Any additional information about memorial services will be shared in accordance with the family's wishes. 


Tom Burton



Grief Counseling

Please don’t wait for a meeting to get help if you need support, comfort, or someone to talk to about the recent events in our communities.  We are here for you.  Please call the Talbert House hotline at 513-281-CARE (513-281-2273) to speak to someone right away.

Additional Resources:

Helping Children Cope with Loss, Death, and Grief: Tips for Parents and Teachers


Community Outreach Prevention and Education (COPE)

Prevention services on topics including coping skills, anger and conflict management, depression, grief/loss, relationships, mental health education, stress, suicide, and substance use. As appropriate, students receiving COPE services participate in social skills groups to address the above topics. Bilingual Spanish-speaking facilitators are available.

County Crisis Hotlines Butler County Crisis Hotline - 844-427-4747- A 24-hour crisis hotline and heroin hopeline.

Clermont County Crisis Hotline - 513-528-SAVE (7283)- This is a free and confidential hotline available 24/7.

Hamilton County – 281-CARE - Call 513-281-CARE (2273) or text 4Hope to 839863 for help.

Emergency phone lines are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering crisis intervention, information, and referral for children and teens ages 3-18, who are grieving the death of a family member or friend.


Children’s Grief Education Association: 

The National Center for Grieving Children & Families (Dougy Center): 

National Alliance For Grieving Children:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https:/