Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, Students And Friends Of The Marcola Community
As many of you may already know, on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 a recent Mohawk High School graduate, was involved in a motor vehicle accident. Chase Harrington, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
A young person’s death is always tragic and a loss like this can have a profound effect on students and the community as a whole. It is important that we recognize this loss and offer help. We suggest that you talk to your children about their feelings associated with this news and observe their reaction over the next several weeks.
The following are some behaviors that you may observe and experience with your children. Regressive behavior (needing reassurance), withdrawal, aggression and expressions of anger, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, difficulty concentrating, unexplainable headaches and stomachaches, fearfulness and anxiety.
To support your child through this difficult time, provide them with opportunities to talk about what has happened, normalize their reactions, reassure them about their concerns, and provide coping outlets, such as exercise, music, art, or other healthy coping strategies. Please do not post second hand information unless it is directly from the family or verified as factual according to the professionals investigating the accident. Uninformed information can make a very tragic situation much worse for the friends and family of Chase Harrington.
The school district will be working with members of the community and staff to assemble a counseling team to be available to process the news with students as needed. We will continue to keep our community informed regarding ongoing support services for our students.
Please contact the school at 541-933-2512 and leave a message or you can contact me personally if you need additional resources and/or support.
Finally, it goes without saying that we, the Marcola School community, are devastated regarding the news of Chase’s death and the death of the person driving the other vehicle. We will all need to keep those affected in our thoughts as we move forward.