SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Students, parents and teachers at Kiley Middle School are trying to deal with the loss of a 12-year-old boy who drowned in the pool there Friday afternoon.
The school parking lot is normally empty on a Saturday but these people were here to try and find some comfort.
We spoke with the Superintendent of Springfield Schools, Daniel Warwick, who said counselors were there to help with the emotional situation.
"They're giving people an opportunity to talk about it and providing support for the folks who were most intimately involved. We have staff people on site who were on site. Very, very difficult thing so they're having a tough time," said Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick.
People were seen leaving the school after talking with counselors passing by a small vigil set up near the front doors in memory of the boy.
The doors are closed now because February break has begun but when children return to school that Monday morning there will be grief counselors available for the children.
"We're also sending another connected message out to families so they know who to contact if they need any counseling during the week because behavior health network is working with us and they're providing that service and they're here today," said Warwick.
The support system is to try and help those affected deal.
"Twelve years old, that's sad, to lose someone like that, especially a little kid like that it's really sad," said Mo Beany of Springfield.
Superintendent Warwick said they have launched a full investigation. They want to get all the facts as to what happened as well as put in place new procedures so something like this doesn't happen again.
The superintendent also said they expect to have the investigation into the drowning completed and have the facts in a few weeks.