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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 , a three-year-old Stoughton girl, who died shortly after she was in front of the Hansen Elementary School on Central St. in Stoughton Friday, September 14 around 2:45 p.m.

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We, the members of the Stoughton School Committee and , 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 , 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 Wednesday.  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.

Cheryl M September 20, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I did let DJ get at me. I know Shayla's mom and Shayla's brother; my son was in his kindergarten class last year. I had met Shayla, watched her play, laugh and enjoy life. I have not stopped thinking about her passing since I found out last Friday night. I've cried, I 've had nightmares and I've made sure to hold my kids a little tighter, hug them a little longer because you just never know what the next minute will bring. I want to see changes made so we never have to re-live this with the loss of another child.
Just Saying September 20, 2012 at 01:54 AM
@ DJ - I must have hit a nerve, now you're going to make snide remarks about reading comprehension skills. That would be funny, but for the tragic loss of a 3 year olds life! Also, many of your comments are justifications for the placement of the only crossing guard at Stone Ends, rather than at the Hansen. Children living within 2 miles of the school are expected to be "walkers". Which means all of the roads that any of these children would utilize to go to/from school need to be SAFE!!! Children living in a less populous area should not have their safety compromised, their families are paying the same property tax rate as everyone else.
mom2qts September 20, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I'm sorry it didn't make sense to you. I'm glad there are others who did understand what I asked. As for me being the first one to mention cure all, do I win a prize? Again I'm sorry if I offended you by my use of the phrase "cure all." It came across to me as people were saying that this child could only have survived if there was a crossing guard. As has been explained, I did not know or may have missed, that they were waiting to cross. I had thought they were walking to the cross walk.
HELP THE FAMILY OF SHAYLA LUTZ September 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM
********EVERYONE THAT CAN SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THIS ASAP****** A trust fund for the Lutz family has been established at the Stoughton Co-Operative Bank. Donations may be made to The Lutz Family Trust at either of the Stoughton Co-Operative Bank's branches on Park St or mailed to the Lutz Family Trust, c/o Stoughton Co-operative Bank, PO Box 446, Stoughton, MA 02072.
Grammysue7 September 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I am jumping in now as a concerned grandparent and person who lives close to the are where the crashing guard is stationed west of the school, but have grandchildren who live east of the school near Island St. Inhave studed the traffic pattern for the past 2 weeks and there is no safe way to come from Iskand Street and crosses to the Hansen school. The marked crosswalk up several yards from Island Street does not have a sidewalk leading to it and is on a blind corner. I would never cross the street in that crosswalk asit would be very unsafe to do so. I would if a guard was there to actually stop traffic for me. The Lutz family loss could have been prevented by better diligence on the part of the town. Island St has residential family homes and potential walkers. As I drive by Shayla's memorial I have tears in my eyes as I see no crossing guard or police support during the school peak hours if traffic. Stoughton should take temporary action to provide that support until a traffic study can be done and a plan out in place. Shame on them if another child or person is hurt.

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