Community mourns loss of high school student

Kingston Police remained on scene for several hours following a collision on Bayridge Drive which took the life of a 16-year-old Frontenac Secondary School student in Kingston on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Photo by Logan Cadue.

The Limestone District School Board (LDSB) and the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB), along with their student bodies are currently mourning the loss of a high school student in the Kingston community.

The loss comes after a tragic accident on Bayridge Drive, which occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

“With permission from the family, the Limestone District School Board confirms that Scott Legg, a 16-year-old student in Grade 11 at Frontenac Secondary School, died October 21, 2020 following a motor vehicle collision in Kingston’s west end,” LDSB said in a statement released today, Thursday Oct, 22, 2020.

“This is a tragic loss and we offer our deepest sympathy and support to Scottie’s family and friends at this most difficult time,” the school board continued. “Several other students from Limestone schools were also involved in the accident. We are supporting these students and their families in their recovery.”

Both the school and school board are working together to ensure students and staff continue to receive the support they need over the coming days and weeks. LDSB Educational Services staff are providing immediate supports to students and staff at various schools, and will be available as long as needed, according to the statement. Families are being asked to acknowledge and support their student’s reactions and feelings, and to reach out for school or community support as needed.

The ALCDSB also released a statement regarding the loss of the young man: “The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is deeply saddened by the loss of a community member. Our deepest condolences to the family and all of those impacted.”

“Following the tragic loss in our community, ALCDSB has activated our bereavement response team to local schools to ensure required supports are provided for all students and staff,” the board said in the statement.

The bereavement response team includes a Board social worker, youth workers, chaplaincy leader and the mental health lead.

ALCDSB wishes to remind the community that supports are available through all schools and through community services. Please reach out to your local school if you or your child requires support.

Neither school board will make futher comment on an active police investigation.

Kingston Police has released the following statement in a public appeal for witnesses:

“On the 21st day of October 2020 at approximately 9:45 p.m., there was a fatal motor vehicle collision on Bayridge Drive between Roosevelt Drive and Acadia Drive. There is an ongoing police investigation. Kingston Police are appealing to the public for witnesses and residential video from Bayridge Drive south of Taylor Kidd Boulevard to the accident scene.”

Police indicated that the motor vehicles involved were a red car and a dark coloured SUV. Any witnesses can contact D/Cst. David Wein at 613-549-4660 ext 6198 or [email protected].

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