Archive for Saturday, June 4, 2011

McLouth High students, sponsors return early from Costa Rica following death of MHS student

June 4, 2011


McLouth High School students and district sponsors returned safely Friday evening from their Spanish Club’s trip to Costa Rica, the McLouth school district announced in a release Saturday.

The trip was shortened after McLouth High School student Justin Johnston died early Thursday, the victim of an early morning shooting.

Johnston, 16, was on a nine-day trip with 12 students and two district sponsors. The students’ trip was arranged through EF Educational Tours based in Cambridge, Mass. Counselors were made available to the students and staff upon their return.

“We are happy and relieved to have the students home, and will work to support them during this difficult time,” said Steve Splichal, school superintendent. “Our district is extremely concerned for the Johnston family, and also for the many other students and staff members who are affected by this tragedy. We will continue to make counselors available on an as-needed basis for them.”

In addition, the school district continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

District officials are working with the United States Embassy in Costa Rica and the U.S. State Department to gather accurate information as it becomes available.

“The district is carefully reviewing its policies and procedures to ensure that students and staff are safe

as they participate in future activities,” Splichal said.


goodcountrypeople 6 years, 11 months ago

Sorry for your loss--unspeakably sad . Glad everybody but the dearly missed one arrived back safely.

08Champs 6 years, 11 months ago

I find it absolutely and unforgivably appalling that you would use this child's death as an advertising plug for your news channel. PLEASE stop showing your promo and take into consideration the grief of the family and the community. It is beyond callous.

TheStonesSuck 6 years, 11 months ago

For those of us who don't know what you're talking about, please explain?

08Champs 6 years, 11 months ago

Channel 6 is running a promo for their news program that uses this tragic incident. They show the young victim's picture, use his name, and then state that they were on the scene first, got us the news first. It's running constantly on Sunflower Cable. Again, I find it appalling and incredibly insensitive.

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