Lucas Gaudet Death – Obituary: A 16-year-old boy who was stabbed near a Montreal-area high school Tuesday afternoon has succumbed to his injuries, dying two days later in hospital.
The victim has been identified as Lucas Gaudet. His classmates are remembering him as kind and “welcoming to everyone” as they grapple with the violence that implicates two different schools.
The stabbing happened during a confrontation among several teens just outside St-Thomas High School in the Pointe-Claire suburb of Montreal’s West Island.
However, the victim was a student at neighbouring John Rennie High School, according to that school’s administration, which told parents of his death in a message on Thursday.
“It is with profound sadness that I am informing you of the death of a 16-year-old John Rennie High School student,” wrote principal Jennifer Kurta in the letter, also sending “deepest sympathies” to the boy’s family.
“He was one of the students injured on Tuesday afternoon during an altercation that occurred between two groups of students” near St-Thomas, she wrote.
“The student died from his injuries in hospital earlier this morning.”
The victim’s father, Guy Gaudet, told the Montreal Gazette Thursday evening that his son was killed in a senseless attack and was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“He was the best, he was the best,” Gaudet told the newspaper. “He never lied to me. Every night we’d talk, afterwards, he always told me, ‘I love you.’ It wasn’t me saying it first, it was him. He was always there for his brother and sister.
“He was a father’s gift,” the boy’s father said. “I just don’t understand …”
The school board is also mourning the loss of one of their students.
“He was only 16 years old with a bright future ahead of him,” said Judy Kelley, the chairperson of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, in a second statement.
“The entire school board is shaken by this unimaginable loss.”
Students at John Rennie and St-Thomas have both been offered extra support this week.
At John Rennie, a student services team is being sent to classes today “to support teachers in delivering this message to students,” wrote Kurta.
Extra guidance would be given to any child “in need” afterwards, and she told parents that the school “encourage[s] you to leave your child in school for the remainder of the day so that we can help them grieve.”
At St-Thomas, which was closed Wednesday but reopened Thursday, some students witnessed the attack or its aftermath. They were also provided with staff equipped to give psychological support.
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