Lakeview School Helps Grieving Students
February 20, 2008, 5:14 PM
Courtesy: Marshall Independent
Schools play a central role in any community and people in Cottonwood are turning to the Lakeview School as a source of strength during this tragedy.
As soon as the community of Cottonwood learned of the seriousness of the accident... the Lakeview School set into motion a crisis management plan. A plan that involves responding to the emotional needs of students mourning the loss of their classmates.
The Lakeview School District's mission statement is providing each student with the tools needed for life. But now the district is helping the students cope with loss. Teachers, grief counselors and ministers have been available at the school for students to work out their feelings. Superintendent Sheldon Johnson said, "The turnout was overwhelming, as we anticipated it would be, the school becomes the hub of the entire community when tragedy involving students are involved."
Classes were called off for the day, but school is back on for tomorrow at the regular time. The hope is that returning to a routine will restore a sense of normalcy to an otherwise trying time for so many students. "And they still will be sharing and grieving with one another, but they'll be doing it in a place where they're comfortable."
Tonight, there's going to be a Mass at seven o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood.
Tomorrow night at seven, there will be a prayer service in the large gym at Lakeview School.
© 2008 KELOLAND TV. All Rights Reserved.
9/30/2015 10:28 AM
Authorities said a 16-year-old student fired a gun at the school Wednesday morning. Law enforcement said the injury was a flesh wound.
9/30/2015 1:03 PM
"I can't speak highly enough of what kind of person that is," Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said.
10/2/2015 10:48 AM
Authorities did not identify the victim, but described him as a 16 year old from Minnehaha County.
10/2/2015 4:02 PM
The teenager found dead on Interstate 90 has been identified as an O'Gorman High School student.
10/1/2015 11:38 PM
At 10:45 p.m. Thursday, deputies found a body at Interstate 90 and North Kiwanis Avenue, near the Interstate 29 interchange.