Dear Common Ground Students & Families,
I have really difficult news to share. Last night, Javier Martinez, a member of our senior class, was the victim of a homicide. The police are investigating the situation, and we do not yet know all the details. But we do know that we have lost a really precious member of our school community.
We are all struggling with this loss. We want to make sure that all members of the Common Ground community get the support we need over the coming days and weeks. We also want to honor the fine young man who we have lost from our Common Ground family — and whose warm smile and quiet voice we will not forget.
As a starting point, school will be open on Monday 12-4 to students and to staff who would like to talk and be together.
We are also putting resources and supports in place for Thursday, our first day back from the holiday break. We will have counselors on site, and will make sure that our students have the time and space they need to talk.
This weekend, our thoughts are with all of you, and with Javi’s family and friends. If you want to talk or have any questions, you can call me at 203.506.4391. If you or your student needs immediate help, don’t hesitate to call 211.
Here are links to some resources for families, focused on how to support young people coping with trauma:
- A 2-page fact sheet for parents and caregivers National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- A resource center for parents and caregivers from the NCTSN
- A fact sheet on the early stages of grief from Pathways Hospice.