The Staples High School community is mourning the death of a freshman student who died during the school’s holiday recess, according to an announcement emailed Monday by school officials.

Christopher Lanni died Dec. 23, according to the announcement interim Principal Mark Karagus made to the school body at the resumption of classes Monday morning. A member of the Staples wrestling team who had a karate black belt, Lanni was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 39, where he had achieved the Life Scout rank, the announcement said.

Karagus expressed condolences of the school’s administration to Lanni’s family and friends, and asked for moment of silence in his memory.

“Dealing with the loss of a classmate and student is difficult,” Karagus said. “Any student or staff member who needs support in dealing with this tragedy should see his/her counselor or any of our school psychologists or social workers. We encourage anyone needing support to speak to a guidance counselor, social worker, or school psychologist to get the support he or she needs.

“No appointment is necessary and students should go the guidance office to access support services,” he added.

In addition, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said, members of the Staples pupil services team planned to meet Monday with each of Lanni’s classes today to ensure that students know of the support services available and to monitor students.

Mental health staff was also available to support adults, parents and staff within the school community,Landon said. Any parent who wishes to access the services was advised to contact his/her child’s counselor.