Fourth grade Lockport student dies

Posted at 1:42 PM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-27 09:25:55-05

A fourth grade student at the Anna Merritt Elementary School in Lockport has passed away, according to Lockport City School District Superintendent Michelle Bradley.

Bradley sent a statement Friday morning. 7 Eyewitness News is withholding the name of the child in the interest of her family's privacy.

The statement reads:

"We are deeply saddened about the passing of [the student], who was a fourth grade student at Anna Merritt Elementary School.  Our thoughts and condolences are with her family during this terribly difficult time.  
The District's foremost concern is the safety and welfare of our students and staff, and we are providing support for [her] friends, classmates, and teachers through district staff and the building-level student services team, as well as identifying other available  support services in the community.  The District has also been in contact with our school physician and county health authorities.
I appreciate your understanding of matters such as this which are protected under Federal privacy laws (FERPA and HIPAA).  Please keep [the student's] family and the Anna Merritt learning community in your thoughts." 

7 Eyewitness News reached out to Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton. Stapleton did not say how or when the student died, but he did say he has been in constant contact with Superintendent Bradley throughout the day offering guidance and support. They are working together to make sure staff and students at the Anna Merritt Elementary School are safe.

7 Eyewitness News will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.