LBPSB In Mourning Following Death Of JRHS Student Lucas Gaudet
On the afternoon of Tuesday February 8th the entire Lester B. Pearson School Board community was shocked and dismayed following a violent incident that occurred near St. Thomas High School involving a group of students. One of the students, 16 year-old Lucas Gaudet from John Rennie High School, suffered severe injuries during the altercation and was transported to hospital. Another student involved in the incident suffered non-life threatening injuries.
With Lucas fighting for his life, the Lester B. Pearson School Board community rallied to try to make sense of this horrendous and unimaginable incident while offering its thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. The LBPSB’s Student Services Department ensured school psychologists and guidance counselors were available for all members of the school board community to provide psychosocial support for staff and students. They are urged to use these resources wherever they are needed.
Tragically, hope for Lucas’s recovery was crushed and our worst fears became a reality when we learned last Thursday morning that he had died as a result of his injuries.
Tributes immediately began pouring in for Lucas, extolling his virtues as an exemplary member of the community, with family and friends describing him as a selfless, loving son, friend and schoolmate who cared about others more than he cared for himself. In so many ways he was a role-model for all of us, and, in honour of Lucas’ s memory, the LBPSB invited all schools and centres to lower their flags to half-staff.
Today, over a week after the incident, our community is still reeling and mourning this tremendous loss. This kind of violent incident affects us all in a very disturbing way and it is important for us to rally as a community in the coming weeks and months to support each other during this difficult time.
Lester B. Pearson School Board Administration
Lester B. Pearson Council of Commissioners