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Dresden Middle coping with tragedies

Dresden Middle coping with tragedies
Dresden Middle School students and staff have begun this school week with news of not one, but two unsettling and unfortunate accidents. They are coping with both, according to a press release issued by the system.
“We learned late Friday evening that one of our students had been in an accident involving a four-wheeler;” Middle School principal Pam Harris said.  
“This sad news came as we were trying to absorb the news that one of our teachers, Scott Moran, had been seriously injured due to a fall from a tree stand.”
Harris said the 7th grade student, Jordan Stout, was life-flighted to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.  
“I received word early Saturday morning that Jordan had died; the extent of his injuries was too great for him to survive. He was a terrific young man; always greeted you with a smile.”  Harris continued, “…our entire school community will miss him and will keep his family in our thoughts.”
In addition to accepting the tragic news about their student and friend, the student body and faculty is hoping one of their favorite coaches will recover quickly from his accident.  
“He was making final checks on his hunting stand,” said Harris, “…when he fell 20 feet to the ground.”  
According to Harris he was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital and underwent surgery Saturday morning.
“Scott is a great teacher and coach. We have his entire family in our thoughts as they work towards the day he will be released from the hospital and start the hard work of getting well.”
The school system’s team of response counselors is on campus and available to students and staff.  
“The counselors arrived at school Monday morning to provide guidance and resources for us as we prepared to greet our students for the week. They will be available to meet with students or staff as the need arises.”
Moran has served for nearly three decades in the Weakley County School System. He is a sixth-grade Health/Physical Education instructor at the school.
He also assists the football coaching staff and the Dresden Middle School Lions’ basketball coaching staff.
Stout’s services are set for 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Bowlin Funeral Home in Dresden.

WCP 9.27.11

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