Sad news from the World School:
Dear Seattle World School community,
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I share the tragic news that one of our students, Cuong Uong, drowned yesterday evening while swimming in Lake Washington. He was a junior.
This morning his father is planning a private memorial on the shores of Lake Washington with a small group of Cuong’s friends. We are following district protocol, allowing students over 18 to sign themselves out to attend, and contacting parents of those under 18 should they want to be dismissed to attend.
As a community, we are coming together to not only support our students’ family members, but each other in this difficult time. We have counselors at school today and will continue to have counselors and mental health support available this week for students, staff and families, as needed. When someone dies in a tragic accident such as this, it is normal for children and teens to have different kinds of feelings and reactions. Parents and guardians have important roles in helping students understand about death.
We understand that each culture has its own way of dealing with death, and we encourage our students to talk with their families about their ideas, thoughts and beliefs. Additionally, talking about the incident can be a healthy way for families to process their feelings and reactions to an event of this nature.
Here are some suggestions for how to help students cope:
• Maintain a normal routine.
• Stick to facts. Answer questions factually
• Remain calm and reassuring. Students take their cues from their parents and adults.
• Be a good listener and observer. Pay attention to changes in behavior.
• Notice when children have questions and want to talk.
• Be especially loving and supportive; children and teens need you even more at this time.
• Take care of yourself. You are better able to help your students if you are coping well. If you are anxious or upset, children are more likely to be so as well.
We recognize that even if your student may not have known or been close to this family, he/she may still feel a strong reaction. We also realize this may be your student’s first experience with death or it may trigger feelings about other deaths your child may have experienced.
If you have any questions, please let me know. We will keep you updated on how we as a community can move forward. The family requests support for funeral costs. If you would like to help, the VFA (Vietnamese Friendship Association) has set up a fund and cash and/or checks can be written to the VFA and under subject please write: SWS Family In Need.
Seattle World School Principal
1. Go to link https://centralcommunity.givingfire.com/
2. Underneath Fund: please select [SEATTLE WORLD SCHOOL]
3. In the comments section please put: family support4. Cash donations will go to the Seattle World School to be then entered electronically through the website