Penn Counseling Center offers services to students mourning Savage brothers


By: Krystal Vivian

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The counseling center at Penn High School is offering its services to students and their parents this week who are grieving the loss of two alumni who died over the weekend.

Brothers Nick Savage, 19, and Jack Savage, 18, died of a suspected drug overdose Sunday, June 14, after attending a party in Granger, according to St. Joseph County Metro Homicide. Two other men were hospitalized for drug overdoses and are expected to recover.

Nick graduated from Penn in 2014 and Jack graduated in 2015. Both boys played on Penn’s hockey team.

Students and their parents can seek the services of the Penn Counseling Center from 8 a.m. to noon through Friday, according to Don Cronk, director of the center.

The counseling center is open from 8 a.m. to noon. Counseling sessions can be private or in a group setting, depending on staffing and the needs of anyone seeking services, Cronk said.

Anyone interested in speaking with a Penn counselor should call the center at 574-258-9505 to set an appointment.

Dr. Jerry Thacker, superintendent of Penn-Harris-Madison Schools, released the following statement following news of the Savage brothers’ deaths:

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Penn High School family, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation and Board of School Trustees are with the Savage family tonight as they grieve the loss of their two sons. Tragedies that strike our community’s young are particularly difficult to grapple with and understand; the pain is unimaginable when it strikes a family twice. The P-H-M family will work with the Savage family in the coming days to offer whatever assistance we can to help them in their time of sorrow.”