For days, many of us may have struggled to put our feelings about the tragedy of the Humboldt Broncos into words. And, the truth is, an inability to express our feelings of grief and confusion is an understandable response to loss and tragedy.
Some events impact us so deeply we can’t believe the reality of them, let alone come up with words to convey the shifting emotions we experience. What happened to the Humboldt Broncos is one of those events.
Every player, fan, friend or family member who has ever laced up their skates, grabbed a stick, stepped out onto the ice or cheered until the bleachers shook, feels this loss. And as deeply as we feel it, we know that our pain is only a fraction of what the immediate family and friends of the Humboldt Broncos feel – including that of the Gomercic family, who are well known in our LRSD community.
Their son, Matt, is one of the surviving players and we want the entire family to know our thoughts are with them as they go through an unimaginably difficult time along with every family member of every Broncos teammate.
We know that there are many students who will be dealing with their own emotions around the Humboldt Broncos. We encourage anyone who feels they want to talk about this tragedy to speak to a classroom or student services teacher. Parents, if you feel your child needs support, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or school and we will help put that support in place.
Most importantly of all, we encourage you to speak with one another. Share your grief, love, compassion and strength. Because when words fail us, knowing we are together and knowing how deeply we all care is what carries us forward.
The Louis Riel School Division Superintendent’s Team