It breaks my heart to bring you this news, although I suspect a good number of you already know. Trottier Middle School seventh grader Eric Green passed away last night at his home from complications of a seizure condition. He was 12 years old.
In a letter to parents, Trottier Principal Keith Lavoie said the school’s crisis team assembled as soon as they heard the news. Students were later informed of Eric’s death by their homeroom teachers. The district-wide student support team was at Trottier to offer additional support to those students who needed it.
Because they ride the bus with Trottier students, Neary students were also told the news by their teachers, so they wouldn’t hear it first from others on the bus. “We plan to tell our students about Eric’s death and explain that whether or not students knew Eric, either of his siblings or the family, we have lost a member of our community,” Neary Principal Linda Murdock wrote in an email to parents.
After hearing the news, Neary students were given time to ask questions and write cards if they chose too. Both Neary and Trottier eventually returned to their normal school schedules, with both principals noting the importance of routine.
“We’ll remember Eric as a smart, caring young man who loved his school and community. He was well connected to Trottier with many friends, and he brought his passion for learning and intellectual curiosity to all of his academic work,” Lavoie wrote. “He loved being a part of our band and his dedication to excelling at his trumpet playing made him a stellar member of our elite Big Band group. He will be missed.”
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, but I’ll pass them along when they are.
Please join me in keeping Eric’s family in your thought and prayers. Parents, hug your children extra tight tonight.