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Ice rescue update - Legend High School

DCSD UPDATE - JANUARY 15, 2016

We want to provide you with an update regarding the tragic accident that happened yesterday afternoon. Our thoughts are with the families of the three Legend High School teenagers who fell through the ice of a retention pond near Tallman Drive and Hilltop Road in Parker.
 
Below you will find the letter sent to Legend families by their principal Jason Jacob, which provides additional information.
 
As noted, counselors are available at both Legend High School and Iron Horse Elementary until 3:00 p.m. today, for students, parents and staff who may need support.

DCSD Community Relations
 

Dear Legend Families,
 
This is a difficult time for our Legend family and I want to keep you updated with the latest information regarding yesterday’s tragic ice rescue. As was previously shared, three Legend sophomores accidentally fell through the ice of a retaining pond near Tallman Drive and Hilltop Road in Parker.
 
It is with incredible sadness that I share the news that Patric Lantz has passed away. Max Gantnier was airlifted and remains in the hospital, and Cole Robinson has been released from the hospital and is at home with his family.
 
I have been in touch with all three families to let them know that the entire Legend community is here to support them. I am also humbled by the outpouring of support shown by all of those who live in Parker and all of Douglas County.
 
Legend is here for all of our students, staff and families. The District Crisis Team is available to support students, staff and parents at both Legend High School and Iron Horse Elementary School until 3:00 p.m. today (Friday) and during the school day on Tuesday.
 
As a reminder, we do not have school on Monday due to the observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. If you need support over the long weekend, you may call Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 (TALK) or visit coloradocrisisservices.org. 
 
I also want to provide you with some helpful information as you answer the questions your child may have when dealing with this tragedy. 

First, it is important to acknowledge that everyone responds to loss in a personal way as each new loss surfaces feelings from prior experiences. During this period of sadness, you may notice a variety of reactions from your child. You may find your child unusually talkative or quiet. Your child may ask a lot of questions, be anxious, or may want to cling to you more than usual. These are all signals of the need for a little extra support. You may also notice no reaction from your child. Children can experience a wide range of feelings and behaviors that are normal when dealing with this kind of tragedy. 
 
Finally, I often talk about how Legend is a family. This is evident every day in our hallways and classrooms. This is especially true on a day like today. Please take care of one another and know that all of us at Legend are here to support you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jason Jacob
Principal
Legend High School

DCSD STATEMENT - JANUARY 14, 2016, 10:00 P.M.
We are incredibly sad to learn of the passing of one of our students involved in Thursday's ice rescue in Parker. The 

student attended Legend High School, along with the two other boys involved in the rescue. The DCSD family is 
keeping these boys and their families in our thoughts.

We recognize this will be a very difficult time for our students, staff and families. We will have our district crisis team 
at Legend High School tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m.for anyone who may need support.
 

January 14, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Schools

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