Marianna mourns Zachary Smith, offers counseling options

Published: Apr. 27, 2020 at 10:53 PM CDT
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Many in the Marianna community are mourning the loss of Zachary Smith.

Zachary was a ninth grader at Marianna High School, killed in a car accident early Sunday morning. He was a passenger, traveling with two others when their car struck a tree on Pooser Road. Troopers say the pair riding with him suffered minor injuries.

Posts on social media speak glowingly of Zachary and his family. For now, much of the grieving is being done remotely because of the pandemic. However, Jackson County schools are ensuring help is there for whoever needs it.

“We have a mental health team," Jackson County Director of Student Services Shirl Williams explained. "[That] consists of a head counselor, Ms. Heather Miller. We have three other mental heath counselors. We also have a psychologist available through telephone, or email, or text."

The counseling team is willing to provide extra personal attention even during this distance learning period.

"They will visit the home if necessary," Williams said. "As a matter of fact, we prefer doing that so we can have more of a personal touch. Instead of the family coming in, we can go to them. They need to know that they have people who care about them .This community, this school just rallies around them."

The counselors and psychologist can be reached by calling Marianna High School or the district office.

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