Teachers helping classmates of boy hit, killed by car
|Updated: 1/23 8:04 pm
||Published: 1/23 4:29 pm
The 9-year-old boy hit by a car on his way to school Wednesday morning has died.
Teachers at William Penn Elementary school told students about their classmate’s death Thursday afternoon after lunch.
FOX23 spoke with the Principal Brandy Berry about how they tried to help the kids learn this very sad news.
Ethan Lewis was walking to his bus stop Wednesday morning when he was hit by a car.
It was still dark out and the driver said she couldn’t see him until it was too late. There aren’t any street lights or sidewalks on Mohawk Boulevard where it happened. Police said the driver will not be cited.
Lewis passed away early Thursday morning.
Berry told FOX23 teachers told students after lunch, and then let them draw pictures to help express how they were feeling.
Ethan was in third grade, but the school had counselors available for all grade-levels. They also had extra counselors on hand for students who needed some one-on-one time. They’re going to have counselors available for as long as they’re needed.
The school sent home letters to all the parents to let them know what happened, also offering a little guidance on how to help their children deal with this loss.
A city councilor told FOX23 he’s going to find out what he can do about getting lights and sidewalks in that area and the school district said it will try to move the bus stop to a safer place.
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