Young Springs Student Dies In Tragic Accident

A young Springs girl has died after what’s being described as a “tragic accident” at her home.

We don’t know the girl’s name but we do know she was a student at Russell Middle School.

The school sent a letter out to student families to inform them about the tragic loss.

The 12-year-old we’re told by school officials was very well-liked at the middle school and that it’s been a very tough lost for all those who knew her.

It’s mourning that extends throughout the whole district, because we’re told the girl has three siblings and other families members that go to other schools.

After hearing the news of the sudden loss of the 6th grader, officials say several students left school early Tuesday.

We don’t know very many details about how the girl died, but we’re told by police no foul play is suspected.

It’s a very sad situation for young schoolmates to try to understand.

The school did provide grief counseling Tuesday and will be offering it Wednesday for mourning students and staff.

Here is a copy of the letter parents sent out to families Tuesday as well as a statement offering way parents can help their children:

December 11, 2012

Dear Russell Families,

Today we need to share some very sad news with you. We were notified early this morning that one of our Russell Middle School sixth grade students died, as the result of a tragic accident. District 11 Crisis Team members have been present at the school today and will be here to assist any students and staff who need or request assistance for the next few days.

If your child is aware of the student’s death, your child may have questions for you about death. Your child may need reassuring that this was an unusual occurrence and will not likely happen to others he/she knows.

When dealing with death, children often go through the classic stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, letting go, and acceptance) and may bounce between stages quickly, often returning to a previous stage for a while. Your child may become more clingy, have nightmares, or may handle this loss with seemingly few effects. Children are resilient, and, with caring guidance, can usually handle loss well.

It is with sad hearts that we share this information. Be assured that we, the Russell staff, will continue to be sensitive to your child’s needs and concerns. If you have concerns regarding how your child is coping, please do not hesitate to call.

This is a difficult time for all of us and we thank you for your continued support. Please help us keep the lines of communication open so that we can help all of our students with this grieving process.


Julie Williams
Charles M. Russell Middle School Principal