Counselors at Northern Potter SD Today

Students Showing 'Maturity Beyond Their Years'

Counselors from two other school districts were at the Northern Potter School District today to provide support and comfort to students and staff following the shooting death of music teacher Darlene Sitler on Sunday.

School superintendent Scott Graham sent a letter home with students today saying counselors from the Northern Tioga and Galeton school districts, as well as members of the crisis team and Pastor Jason Reed were on hand at the school.

Graham’s letter said, “Given the extreme circumstances, the students handled this difficult situation with maturity beyond their years.” Graham said the district plans to have members of the Crisis Team on hand again Tuesday.

“The next several days will be difficult,” Graham wrote, “but together we will get through this.”

Sitler's ex-husand, 52-year-old Gregory Eldred, has been charged with first-degree murder. He's being held in Potter County Jail without bail. He is accused of shooting Sitler as she played the organ during a service at the First United Presbyterian Church in Coudersport.

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