Aug 22, 2011 11:08 PM by Maddie Garrett

Rayne HS Mourns Death of Student

Students and faculty at Rayne High School are dealing with the loss of a 16-year-old student. Jason Petitjean was killed this weekend in a dirt bike accident. He had just started his senior year at Rayne H.S.

"Jason was a curly haired little boy that smiled all the time, he was on the wrestling team, he was an honor student... I don't think I ever saw him when he wasn't smiling, he was just always happy to be here," said Rayne H.S. Principal Bobby Hamlin.

But Saturday night, Jason left his home on a dirt bike, and never came back. It wasn't until Sunday morning that deputies and family members found his body in a field at the corner of L Boudreaux and Highway 98. Authorities believe he'd failed to stop at a stop sign, causing his bike to become airborne.

"The loss is going to be felt greatly here at Rayne High. It's going to be felt across the board from the teachers, the faculty the staff all the way through the student body," said Hamlin.

And as students went back to school Monday, grief counselors and former faculty members were on hand to help.

"We kept a good eye on all the students, especially the senior class, to be sure that if anybody was having difficulty we could try to help them through the hard times of the day," said Hamlin.

And out of school, friends, family and even strangers are offering up sympathies and condolences on a memorial Facebook page. Saying Jason will be missed, rest in peace, and even mentioning he will be reunited with his father, who died a few years ago working off shore.

A visitation for Jason Petitjean will be held at Gossen Funeral Home in Rayne on Tuesday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10:30 am at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne.



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