Stoughton Schools Issue Statement About Fatal Collision Near Hansen School
A police trauma team will be at the Hansen School September 19 when school reopens after Rosh Hashanah. School officials and Public Safety officials will carefully review all traffic areas around the Stoughton Schools.
Editor’s Note: The following is a statement from the Stoughton School Committee and the Stoughton Public Schools administration in regards to the tragic death of Shayla Lutz, a three-year-old Stoughton girl, who died shortly after she was struck by a box truck in front of the Hansen Elementary School on Central St. in Stoughton Friday, September 14 around 2:45 p.m.
We, the members of the Stoughton School Committee and Stoughton Public Schools administration, are deeply saddened and offer our condolences to the Lutz family for the death of their little girl. They are in our thoughts and prayers.
While Shayla was not a student at Hansen Elementary, this tragedy has deeply affected many people in the Hansen School community. School grief counselors will be available when school resumes from the religious holiday break on Wednesday for any students, staff members, and parents who feel the need to use their services. We are grateful for the offer from the Stoughton police chief Paul Shastany who has been of tremendous help and support to us from the very beginning of this terrible event. He has facilitated the availability of the State Police trauma team who will also be at the Hansen School on Thursday*. We will come together as a community to help and support all of our students, teachers, and families impacted by this tragedy.
Pick- and drop-off times are always a concern and we take the issue of safety in school and during arrival and departure from school very seriously. School officials, in conjunction with Public Safety officials, will carefully review all of the areas around the Stoughton Schools to see if there is any more that can be done to ensure safety for all children using our streets and sidewalks.
* According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi, the trauma team is only a resource to help the staff and students of the Hansen. No outside visitors will be allowed.