Shaw copes with tragedy
by Chance Wright
Apr 05, 2011 | 4534 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four days later, the Shaw School District is still grieving after the bus accident that left one 10-year-old student dead and sent 29 others to hospitals across the mid-south.

“We are doing about as well as can be expected,” said Shaw School District Superintendent Dr. Cederic Ellis. “It is still a tough time on all of us.”

Giving the students the proper, professional attention during their grieving is a priority that the district is not taking lightly.

“A sense of normalcy is important when dealing with school kids,” added Ellis. “Taking that in mind, we are attempting to go about the school day routine in as normal a way as possible.”

Ellis said that he would personally like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for the children involved in the accident. He also offered a quick update on the students involved in the accident by phone Tuesday morning.

Despite the many rumors floating around, there is still only one confirmed death due to the accident.

“We still are not out of the water yet,” he continued. “We have one student who is in serious condition at the Memphis Medical Center and two more students in the University Medical Center in Jackson.”

Ellis said that he would be leaving Tuesday morning to visit with the students in Jackson and be there for there families during this time.

Another concern that he and the district are clearly facing is how to provide the counseling and support for those students of the district that have returned to school.

“We still have full-time counselors on hand this week at all of our district locations.,” he added. “But that is not enough.”

Through collaborative efforts with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, the school district is working to coordinate with the families affected by this tragedy to get everyone the counseling that they need to cope with feelings that are surrounding them.