Virginia Teen Dies From Complications of Flu, Pneumonia

By David Culver
|  Monday, Mar 4, 2013  |  Updated 9:46 PM EDT
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A sophomore at a Manassas high school died Sunday night from complications of flu and pneumonia. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver has the story.

David Culver

A sophomore at a Manassas high school died Sunday night from complications of flu and pneumonia. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver has the story.

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A high school community in Manassas, Va., is struggling to understand the death of a young student.

Osbourn High School sophomore Joshua Long died Sunday night from complications of flu and pneumonia.

The school had a moment of silence Monday morning.

"Everybody was kind of sad and crying after they did the moment of silence, and kids were talking about it," senior Janell Johnson said.

How Joshua died was even more shocking for students.

"A shock,” said Ken LaLonde of Manassas City Public Schools. “It was something they weren't expecting, and these are the situations were adults step in and provide guidance to the students."

"It's crazy,” Johnson said. “It's kind of sad because it's a kid, it's a child, a 10th-grader, and you can just think, he's focused, he wants to graduate and all of a sudden he gets the flu. It's just crazy."

The school system is offering counseling to those struggling with Joshua's death.

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