MMSD letter to families after Madison victims identified in Hawaii crash

Jocelyn and Amy Gannon were killed Dec. 26, after a sightseeing helicopter crashed in Hawaii.
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Students and families were notified by the Madison Metropolitan School District that one of the victims from a helicopter crash in Hawaii was a Hamilton Middle School student.

The Kua'i Police Department identified the two passengers aboard as 47-year-old Amy Gannon and 13-year-old Jocelyn Gannon. Jocelyn attended Hamilton Middle School in Madison, according to MMSD spokesman Tim LeMonds.

The Gannons were aboard a sightseeing helicopter when it crashed Thursday.

Hamilton Middle School families received the following Saturday:


"Dear Hamilton Middle Community,


"It is with heartfelt sadness that I write to you to let you know of a tragedy in our Hamilton Middle community. One of our Hamilton eighth grade students, Jocelyn Gannon, along with her mother Amy passed away unexpectedly Thursday, in a helicopter crash in Hawaii.


"Our community has lost a wonderful young person, and a family is experiencing immeasurable loss. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Jocelyn’s family. We ask that you keep Jocelyn’s family, friends and our Hamilton community in your thoughts, and that you respect the privacy of the Gannon family at this time.


"I want to let you know that our Hamilton support team is connected and working with members of our MMSD Central Offices to develop a plan of support for our community, including how we will support students in the aftermath of this tragedy. As a beginning point of connection, we will be opening our Hamilton school library to students and families Monday, 12/30, from 11-1pm, to provide a space for people to gather in support of each other. In addition, a support team will be available when school resumes on January 6th for students who continue to want and need smaller environments to discuss this loss and associated emotions.


"As individuals, we all have our own ways of coping with bereavement, and for many of our students this could likely be their first experience with this type of loss. Please talk with your child about Jocelyn’s passing, and seek appropriate help if needed. Please know that we are here to support you. If you are concerned about your child, please feel free to contact us at Hamilton for assistance."