District News

A Loss in our Cane Community

Posted on: April 2, 2019

It is with deep sadness that we share with you that one of our 8th grade students passed away last night.  As a school community we are grieving with her family, teachers, and fellow students. We want to assure you that the Crisis Team met with the WMS Staff early this morning and we will have all school counselors, along with staff from Solutions, available throughout the day at WMS for grief counseling.  Please encourage your child to talk with you, a counselor, teacher, or administrator if they are having trouble dealing with the loss of their friend.

We are not authorized at this time to share any details about the circumstances of her death, nor would it be appropriate.  It’s important as teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents that we encourage students to talk with an adult if they have concerns, to be respectful of the family’s grief and the memory of their child, and to not spread rumors. This is a time to pull together and to support each other through a difficult time.

As administrators, teachers, counselors, and parents, we often struggle to find the right words to help children understand death, when we ourselves don’t have all of the answers.  If you are looking for ways to talk with your child about a death or tragedy, we encourage you to read our resource document Suggestions for Parents When Responding to a Death. The document can be found on our Parent Resources page on the District’s website wilmingtoncityschools.com/parent-resources.

The shock and depth of this loss greatly impacts our school community.  In the days, weeks, and months to come, it is important that we continue to look out for each other and support our students. Please join our WCS staff in sending our thoughts and prayers to a family that has suffered a tremendous loss.