The school of tragic Ethan Owens has announced it is to close for the day on the day of his funeral next week.
Nine-year-old Ethan died last week, eight days after he was hit by a car on Marina Way, Hartlepool.
He had spent more than a week fighting for life but unfortunately his injuries were too severe and his parents Paul Owens and Lisa Cooper made the heart-breaking decision to turn off his life support machine.
Jesmond Gardens Primary School, where Ethan was a much-loved pupil, has said it will close on the day of Ethan’s funeral on Wednesday, March 22, as a mark of respect.
A letter from head teacher Jane Loomes sent out to parents and carers, which the school also put on its Facebook pages, said: “As you are very much aware, our local community is having to cope with the sad loss of one of our children, Ethan Owens.
“We have been informed that the funeral is to take place on Wednesday 22nd March. As I am sure you appreciate, our staff wish to attend.
“Following discussion with our Governing Body and the family, I have taken the decision to close the school for the day as a mark of respect to Ethan, his family and friends.
“Ethan was a much-loved member of our school community who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all at Jesmond Gardens.”
Ethan lived with his family in Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool, and was the second youngest of seven children.
A balloon release will be held in his memory on Friday, March 17, at Greyfields at 5.30pm.
Blue balloons can be bought from Balloonies on Murray Street and cost £1 each.
There will be a collection on the night and any donations will go to support Ethan’s family.