Early on Saturday morning, October 15, Tyrell Gentle, a four-year senior with a love for basketball, soccer and Acros, chose to leave us. That same evening students, parents, staff and church members came together to share memories of Tyrell and support each other as they tried to process what had happened.
Returning to school on Monday was difficult, but God showed up in the form of community members and MCE students. Church members and friends came ready to listen, sit quietly with, or hug students and staff, while students from MCE each brought a stuffed animal from home to give to a high school student or staff so they would have something to cuddle and hang on to as they continued with the routine of school.
A variety of counselors were available to speak with everyone about the situation and the grieving process. While the initial shock has receded, the administration continues to work with professionals to ensure that students and staff have the support they need in the days and weeks to come.
During the celebration of life service held this past Tuesday, the community was able to pay their final respects for Tyrell and show their love and support to his family. Although Tyrell will be greatly missed, we will hold fast on the promise of Jesus coming again!