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August 30, 2013

Former Pinkerton student fondly remembered

Derry woman, 19, remembered as quiet, studious

DERRY — A 19-year-old Pinkerton Academy graduate was fondly remembered by her teachers yesterday as a quiet, bright young woman — not someone who would die of a drug overdose.

Members of the community remained in shock yesterday after the death early Wednesday of Brittany Flannigan, who graduated from Pinkerton in 2012.

Flannigan, remembered by two of her former teachers as a strong student with a pleasant personality, was pronounced dead later that morning at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

She and two other people, who did not know one another, suddenly fell ill while attending a concert at The House of Blues, a Boston nightclub. The other two — an unidentified 24-year-old woman and a man in his 20s — are recovering, according to Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Wark said his office and Boston police are continuing to investigate the overdoses.

But a drug overdose is the last thing Pinkerton English teacher Joseph Dion and consumer sciences teacher Jennifer Brown thought could ever happen to their former student.

Both teachers fondly recalled Flannigan as an ideal student who would stay after class ended to chat and receive extra help.

“She was just incredibly pleasant,” Dion said. “We would just talk about things after class ended. She was very personable and communicated well with her peers.”

Dion said Flannigan had a great sense of humor.

She would often stay behind after class to seek help improving her writing, he said.

“She always took that advice and worked at it,” Dion said. “She worked very hard. She did really well academically.”

Dion said he lost track of Flannigan after she graduated. Flannigan went on to Plymouth State University, where the business management major would have started her sophomore year Tuesday, school spokesman Timothy Kershner said.

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