After the death of a child in Bancroft last week, the Mayor of Bancroft says many people in the community feel crushed.
Mayor Paul Jenkins says there is no question that it is a tough situation for everyone, with people who both know and do not know the family upset about the situation. He adds that people can relate to how it could happen to them. Jenkins says that it could, as life, especially for young people, is so overly busy.
Despite the tragedy, Jenkins says the community has been great and the support for the family is fantastic. In turn, the family is appreciative of people reaching out to them and talking about the incident. While it’s a tough situation that many people feel uncomfortable talking about, he says the contact, the support and the conversation has really helped them and others tremendously.
The East Region OPP has launched an investigation into the incident. A spokesperson told Moose FM the investigators are taking the steps necessary to ensure a complete and thorough investigation, and it will take time before any additional info is released.
A memorial fund has been set up for the child on the North Hastings Children’s Services Website. The money will be used to enrich the lives of his fellow students. There is a candlelight vigil at North Hastings High School on June 30th at 8:30 PM
For those who need support during this time, contact Children’s Mental Health Services online, or for immediate support, call 613-966-3100