WHITMAN — It is with deep regret that Superintendent Jeffrey Szymaniak reports that Jaxon Smith, a sixth grade student at Hanson Middle School, passed away Wednesday evening from the injuries suffered in a motor vehicle crash in Florida earlier this week.
Whitman-Hanson school crisis teams have been mobilized and support staff, including school psychologists, adjustment counselors, grief counselors, nurses and administration throughout the district are prepared to provide assistance to students.
Counselors and support staff will be on-site at Hanson Middle School on Friday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon for parents who feel their children need support.
For children who require support as they return to school next week, mental health counselors — among other resources — will be available on Monday morning and throughout the days and months ahead.
“When a sudden tragedy such as this occurs, children need the support of caring adults to help them make sense of their loss, to support them in their grief and to encourage their use of healthy and adaptive coping strategies,” Superintendent Szymaniak said. “Parents should know that help is available for all children during this very difficult time.”
The Whitman Youth Soccer Association has organized a community gathering for the Smith family on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Whitman Middle School’s fenced-in soccer field, 100 Corthell Ave. Community members from Whitman and Hanson are encouraged to attend to show their support for the family and their loved ones.
The district notes the following resources which may be helpful to parents as they talk with their children about this tragedy:
Anyone with questions or concerns may contact the Superintendent’s office at 781-618-7412.
*Media outlets should be aware of the proper spelling: Jaxon Smith.