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Lisbon Central School rocked by the death of one of their own, police continue investigation

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LISBON - State police are investigating the death of a Lisbon Central School student that occurred Wednesday night.

School officials confirmed that Victor Novosel, a 17-year-old 10th-grader, died in a “tragic” incident.

The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the case, and no official cause of Mr. Novosel’s death has been released.

“It’s a sad day,” Lisbon Board of Education President Blake P. Gendebien said.

Superintendent Erin E. Woods called Mr. Novosel’s death a “tragic event for our community, our families, our students.”

State police declined to comment on the matter because the investigation is ongoing.

The school observed a one-hour delay Thursday while teachers and staff held an emergency meeting prior to the start of the school day.

A counseling center was set up in the library, Ms. Woods said, with counselors from across St. Lawrence County coming to assist students.

Mr. Novosel had previously attended Massena Central schools and the Little River Community School in Canton.

Emily Pike, a Lisbon Central sophomore who said she was close to Mr. Novosel, said, “Victor was the smartest guy I knew. He had the right answer for everything.”

Ms. Pike said she spent nearly every lunch period with Mr. Novosel and enjoyed the history and technology buff’s company.

“He was also big on art,” she said. “He was a great artist.”

Ms. Pike said her friend was opening up in school recently.

“He definitely has opened up a lot more this year. He used to be very quiet and not even speak,” she said. “Then this year he just became a different person.”

After news of Mr. Novosel’s death spread across the school Ms. Pike said the day was tough.

“He had a thing for peanut butter and Cheetos, so we all left him a sandwich with some Cheetos right in the spot where he sits in lunch,” she said.

Ms. Pike said the school community rallied around each other throughout the day to support their grieving peers.

“We worked as a school,” she said.

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