TANEY COUNTY, Mo. – A 15-year-old girl was killed while swimming at Table Rock Lake Sunday. The victim has been identified as Kendall Johnson, a sophomore at Parkway West High School.
MSHP said the girl and a 16-year-old boy were swimming at about 4:15 p.m. when a boat driven by a 62-year-old man “struck the swimmers then struck a rock bluff.” The boy suffered minor injuries.
Parkway West High School Principal John McCabe sent this letter to students and parents today:
“Dear Longhorn Community,
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share news of a devastating incident that has deeply impacted our school family. Kendall Johnson, a rising sophomore and proud member of the Parkway West High School Class of 2025, died tragically yesterday afternoon. In this time of tragedy, I am confident our Longhorn community and Parkway school district will wrap our arms around the family of Kendall, our cherished classmate, teammate and friend.
Our students and staff will react in different ways over the coming days and weeks to the death of one of our school community members. There is no set way for any person to grieve and process. We all should expect and try to understand that there will be a variety of emotions and responses to what has occurred. We want each of you to know that we are here to support and assist all students and you in this difficult time. The most important thing we can do is to be supportive and encourage an open expression of feelings.
District mental health counselors will be available to students who need special attention and support. These counselors will be available from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM tomorrow, July 12th and additionally on July 13th and 14th. Individual appointments will also be available if this timeframe will not work for your family. If you would like to speak to a counselor, please contact Cherie Magueja, Director of Social Emotional Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin Schulte, Coordinator of Counseling and Character Education at email@example.com.
Due to construction at Parkway West High, these counseling services will be provided at the Parkway School District Welcome Center (South Middle School campus) located at 760 Woods Mill Road. Additionally, we will be able to assist in establishing connections with outside resources as needed.
If you feel your child or family needs immediate assistance, please contact me, and we will do everything we can to help you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at 314-799-7398 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know you will join us in our concern and sympathy for the family during this difficult time.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Principal, Parkway West High School”
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