CCRCE sends condolences to Families and Colleagues
It is hard to fathom the pain stemming from an incident that began in Portapique over this past weekend. I know many of you will share my sentiments on how shocking and upsetting it was to hear of this senseless violence.
Many within our school communities have been impacted directly or know someone affected by this tragedy. This horrific event has a broad reach and has changed the lives of our community members forever.
It is with heavy hearts that we share we lost one of our teachers in the tragedy on the weekend. Lisa McCully was a grade 3/4 teacher at Debert Elementary and beloved by both her students and colleagues. Our deepest sympathies are extended for all that knew and loved Lisa. We acknowledge the information is still evolving within this event and there could be others within our school communities we have yet to confirm. At this time, we would like to share our deepest condolences for both Lisa’s family, friends and colleagues as well the other families that are mourning a loved one today.
It is also with utter sadness that we must share we lost one of our students in this tragedy. Emily Tuck was a grade 12 student at CEC. Emily was an intelligent, energetic, talented and beautifully unique student. She defied stereotypes by pursuing her dream of working in the construction industry as a carpenter while still engaged in her high school studies. We would like to share our deepest condolences for Emily’s family, friends, and all who knew her.
During these difficult times, it is important to seek support if you need it. You are not alone. For our families and students, we are in the process of setting set up a phone line to help guide CCRCE supports. At this time, we encourage our students to reach out to their teachers to talk about their feelings regarding this tragedy. We acknowledge we are all experiencing grief. The best thing to do is to call a friend or loved one to discuss how you are feeling.
In ordinary circumstances, we would offer support through our crisis response team, in person. Given the global pandemic, this may look different; however, supports will be available in the community to help navigate this challenging time. School staff, including teachers, school counselor, psychologists, and mental health clinicians are working together to help facilitate such supports in a manner that is respectful of the health guidelines at this time.
If you feel like you require more information or support, please don’t hesitate to contact the school community and they will help you to connect with the appropriate supports.
If someone in your family requires immediate mental health assistance, two options include:
- Mental Health & Addictions Provincial Crisis Line:1-888-429-8167; text HOME to 686868
- Kids Help Phone:1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) Available 24/7
Again, I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to all families experiencing incredible loss and grief. Please take care of one another and know we are here to support you.
Additional resources during this difficult time:
- Parent Website for Grief Resources: https://sites.google.com/gnspes.ca/griefresources/home
- Article: Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting: https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath