Dear Elgin Families,
It is with great sadness that I must inform you about the tragic loss of one of our students. On Saturday morning, we learned that Daniel “Chase” Louck, a 7th grader at Elgin Middle School, was fatally injured in a car accident.
The school staff was informed of Chase’s passing after it was confirmed by the Ohio State Highway patrol and an “All Call” was sent to Elgin Middle School families after we received the blessing from the Louck family on Sunday.
Members of our Building Crisis Team have been working with our counselors, local pastors and other staff members to help students and staff deal with their feelings and emotions.
The Richwood Banking Company has set up accounts for the family where monetary donations may be made to help the family with expenses. The Richwood Bank will also accept gift card donations on their behalf.
The Elgin Community will remain strong in support of the Louck family. Positive support is important too and only accurate information should be shared. Also, please only offer positive support on social media.
Visitation will be Tuesday March 27, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Service - Hughes-Allen Chapel 318 Mt. Vernon Ave, Marion, Ohio 43302.
A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Chapel Heights Memory Gardens, Marion.
Please realize that reactions to death (and stress) are varied and can depend upon such factors as age, personality, previous losses and relationship to the victim. If you feel your child has been affected by the situation, you can assist your child by doing the following:
Take time to listen and talk to your child about what has happened.
Reassure your child that you will be available to help him/her through this difficult time.
Have your child verbalize some feelings he/she might be feeling but is unable to express.
Reassure your child that you will do all you can to keep them safe. Providing specific examples may help reduce some of the fear and anxiety.
Discuss some of the things you and your child might do to express your concern for the victim's family. If you decide to allow your child to attend the funeral and or memorial service it is best that you or some responsible person accompany your child.
Any changes in your child's behavior which seem extreme and do not seem to go away, should be brought to the attention of the school guidance counselor or someone in the community of your choosing who can assist your child. We will continue to have staff available at school to assist our students in coping with this loss.
Thank you for your support and assistance.
Elgin Middle School Principal