- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

GREENWICH, N.Y. (AP) - For the second time in nine months, a small-town school in upstate New York is providing grief counseling following the death of a child playing outdoors - one while hiking, another while burrowing in the snow.

On Tuesday afternoon, 13-year-old Joshua Demarest died after a snowbank collapsed on him and a friend while they played in a snow fort. The seventh-grader was a classmate of 12-year-old Connor McLaughlin, who was killed by a falling boulder while hiking in the Adirondacks in March.

The school board in Greenwich, 35 miles north of Albany, put a statement about the two accidents on the district’s website on Wednesday. It said parents and educators often tell kids to go outside and play and explore, never expecting it to end so tragically.

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