Official: Respect families after tragedies

August 29, 2018

Kankakee School District’s superintendent is asking residents to avoid spreading news of tragedies in the first few hours, out of respect for victims’ families.

In a statement at Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Genevra Walters expressed the district’s sadness for the death of 8-year-old student Jeremiah J. Wilson, who died Sunday in what police are terming an accidental shooting.

She praised the Kankakee police for keeping her updated throughout the process.

“I know that we live in a time where people are used to instant communication and informaton,” Walters told the board. “And many people want to be the one to break the news to the public through social media. But, out of respect for families, I hope that going forward as many people as possible avoid participating in communicating information about tragedies during the first few hours.”

Walters said she doubted anyone wanted to find out a family member was in a tragic accident through social media.

Jeremiah started third grade at Thomas Edison Primary School last week. According to school records, Jeremiah has two siblings.

He was a student at Mark Twain Primary School last year.

Jeremiah played football for the Kankakee Colts, Walters said.

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