A student at Wayne Central High School has died in a car crash in the town of Walworth.
Police say junior Evan Williamson was in a severe crash that severed two large utility poles. Police also say speed was likely a factor in the crash.
Grief counselors are on-campus to help students.
The school issued the following statement on Wednesday:
“Dear Parents and Guardians:
It is with great sadness that I write this letter to let you know that one of our students, Evan Williamson, a junior in our high school passed away last night, 9/20. Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of Evan. During this time, as the school community processes the tragic news and copes with grief, we will offer counseling and bereavement support services to all of our students and staff.
“Students will have varied reactions to the death of a peer. Children deal with grief in many ways. One should remember that there is no right way to grieve. Some cry, and some do not cry, and some recall personal memories while others remain silent. Adults are role models for children and seeing parents and teachers grieve may give a child permission to grieve also. I encourage you to openly discuss with your child their reactions and feelings regarding Evan’s death. The most important thing we can do is to be supportive and encourage an open expression of feelings.
“When we receive word regarding funeral arrangements, we will share the information on our website. Please do not hesitate to call the school at 524-1058 if you have any concerns or questions.
“We know you will join us in our heartfelt sympathy for the family.