Editorial — School district trying to help with tragedy

A wave of sadness gripped our community earlier this week when word came out that a 6-year-old girl who was killed in a vehicle crash west of Millsboro on Sunday, Sept. 9, was a first-grade student at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

“We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the child’s family, and to the entire Lord Baltimore community,” said Mark Steele, superintendent of the Indian River School District, in a written statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them in their time of grief. Extra counselors and social workers will be on hand at the school this week to assist students and staff during this difficult time.”

There is no real comfort any of us can provide the family right now — the best any of us who knows the family can do is offer support and love. Classmates and teachers are also facing a hard road, as teachers become so heavily-invested in the welfare of their students, and classmates might be having questions for their own parents that parents weren’t quite ready to discuss yet.

To their credit, the District did send two members of their crisis team to the school on Monday and Tuesday, in addition to the school counselor and social worker who are there every day.

There are no easy answers or healing words right now. All we can do as a community is offer our hearts.