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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

5th Grader at Woodfill Elementary Passes Away, Principal Releases Statement

Fifth grader Jaleel Hutchinson passed away unexpectedly on Sunday.
(Img: Go-fund-me page for Jaleel Hutchinson)


By Jessie Eden

It is with a heavy heart that we report this. A student at Woodfill Elementary has died per a statement from Fort Thomas Independent Schools.

The following statement was released by Woodfill Principal Keith Faust and a Go-Fund-Me page has been set up for Jaleel Hutchinson to help with funeral expenses.

You can donate here.

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It is with a saddened heart that we reach out to you this evening.

On Sunday evening, one of our students, Jaleel Hutchinson, a 5th grader, passed away due to cardiac arrest. Jaleel has been a fighter his entire life, overcoming multiple illnesses over his 11 years. His family and I want to let our school community know that his passing is not related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jaleel has been a student at Woodfill since the 2nd grade. He loved Woodfill and his time with his classmates. Jaleel was selective with the people who he would let get to know him, but once you gained his trust, you had a friend. He loved bright colors, Christmas lights, music, art and engaging with his classmates. His mom stated that coming to Woodfill was the highlight of his day. Getting to engage with his classmates, watching them interact with one another and being a Wildcat brought him much joy and happiness.

Jaleel will be greatly missed.

Any loss is tragic, but a loss of a child can even seem more difficult. As adults we have life experiences and maturity to process such events. However, you may find that your child is struggling with Jaleel's death. If your child would benefit from a virtual conversation with our counselor, Mrs. Caswell or the District Psychologist, Dr. Richardson, they have made themselves available during this difficult time.

Additionally, a GoFundMe Page has been set up to help with funeral costs and can be found on our various social media sites. If you choose to make a donation in memory of Jaleel, I'm sure the family would be forever grateful. Please join me as we send our thoughts and prayers to his family.

Keith Faust
Principal, Woodfill Elementary School 

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