MVCSC Statement in Honor of Tristan Carson
The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) community suffered a tragic loss on Thursday, May 26th as Mt. Vernon High School Senior, Tristan Carson, passed away unexpectedly. Tristan was well-liked and held in high regards with his kind heart, friendly nature, and of course his love for his family.
Students and parents in the 8th Grade Academy and High School were notified Thursday morning of the tragic loss. Counseling has been provided for students as needed throughout the day in the Mt. Vernon High School media center. Instead of commencement rehearsal today, seniors had an opportunity to have lunch and write their fond memories of Tristan on a banner, honoring Tristan and how special he was.
Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins states, “we send our deepest prayers and condolences and to the family and friends of Tristan. He will fondly be remembered for his smile and kind nature. As a community will continue to pull together and support each other honoring Tristan, while at the same time, respecting the privacy of the family.”
As the school community continues to cope with the loss of Tristan, we urge parents to remain vigilant and talk with their children who knew Tristan, to begin the healing process.
The following includes a list of resources staff and families to help cope with grief:
Indiana Crisis Assistance Response Team
Critical Incident Reactions
Guidelines for Teachers
Tips for Parents
Tips for Talking to Young People and Adults
It is important to find resources that are age-appropriate, as death is a topic that different ages will express uniquely. The following articles may be of assistance:
What Can my Child Understand?
Understanding the Needs of Grieving Children
Talking to Children About Death
Children and Grief
The National Association of School Psychologists website also includes several tip sheets and resources to support your child in these difficult times.
Children's Grief Education Association
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Recover from Grief