Last Updated on October 9, 2023, 7:00 am
Rochester community mourns the death of a student who died in an accident.
A Century High School student died in an accident on Saturday afternoon, October 7, 2023, in Rochester, Minnesota, according to an email to the families from Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Kent Pekel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
The details of the crash have yet to be made public. The identity of the student has not been released either. It is not known when and where the crash happened. The email did not provide any information regarding the accident.
The School was hosting its homecoming week. The Superintendent informed the parents of students and the staff that in the light of the devastating news of the death of a student, the cancelation of the homecoming dance was considered, but given the short amount of time at which the School learned about the news of the student’s death; it was not a viable option to implement. The School decided that the dance could allow the students to unite and support each other. Furthermore, the School will counsel the students and the staff as needed.
The email sent by Superintendent Kent Pekel read,
“Dear Rochester Public Schools Parents, Guardians, and Staff, Earlier this evening, we learned of a Century High School student who died in a car accident late this afternoon. We are unable to provide more information at this time.
Given this tragic loss, we considered canceling the homecoming dance at Century High School this evening. However, when we learned about the student’s death, balancing the dance was not viable. In addition, we decided to go forward with the dance because it allows us to provide students with support and a chance to be together at a difficult time for some students. Century counseling and social work staff have joined us at the School tonight and will support students as needed.
We are thinking of the family and friends of the Century students who lost their lives this evening, and we will provide additional information and assistance in the days ahead.
Superintendent of Schools”
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