Clarke County High School will be open from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 22 with counselors present, administrators, and staff to meet with students and staff to provide support on an as needed basis in light of the tragic accident that took the life of Aaron Shirley and injured two other students on June 19.
In a message to staff and the CCPS community CCHS principal Dr. John Werner said “A tragedy such as this can stir many emotions and a deep sense of loss. Students and staff will react in different ways to the death of Aaron. It is important to understand that reactions to what has occurred can be different; people deal with grief in various ways. The most important thing we can do is to be supportive and encourage an open expression of feelings and emotions.”
Werner’s message was sent to over 800 recipients through the CCPS Alert-Now phone message system yesterday at 5:00 pm.
“In closing, Aaron was a great student who had a promising future. Events such as this are truly sad. My hope is to never have to write an email correspondence such as this again. Our students, staff, and community are resilient but for now our prayers and support should rally around the family of Aaron and the support needed for all who knew him.” Werner said.
Last night’s Clarke County School Board meeting opened with a moment of silence in memory of Aaron Shirley, a rising senior at Clarke County High School.