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Fayette County Public Schools student dies of COVID-19

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 5:39 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County Public School officials announced the district has lost its first child from COVID-19.

Christopher “CJ” Gordon Jr., a 15-year-old sophomore at The Learning Center, died Thursday morning, according to Superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins.

“He was a kind, thoughtful young man with a bright future ahead of him, and we join his family in mourning his tragic death,” Liggins said.

Officials said a team of grief counselors from across the district was at The Learning Center Thursday to support students and staff as they grieved. Additional counselors from the district will continue to be available for as long as our students need the extra support.

“I cannot say enough good things about how our staff stepped up today to wrap our students in love and care,” Liggins said. “CJ was a beloved member of the TLC family and our FCPS community, and he will be missed.”

The district said CJ enjoyed gaming, anime and photography.

Christopher “CJ” Gordon Jr., a 15-year-old sophomore at The Learning Center, died Thursday...
Christopher “CJ” Gordon Jr., a 15-year-old sophomore at The Learning Center, died Thursday morning, according to Superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins.(Lexington Herald-Leader)

“CJ brought kindness, compassion, and laughter into our lives, lifting up those around him with a supportive word or a playful gesture,” said Learning Center Principal Chris Salyers. “Here at The Learning Center, our promise to one another is to ‘do right by people.’ CJ embodied this core commitment every day and shone as an example for our community, state, and nation to live up to.”

Data from the state shows at least four other children have died. Most recently a 15-year-old from Shelby County, and others are fighting for their life.

“Twenty-one kids in the hospital with COVID. Eight confirmed in the ICU, though these are likely only the two pediatric ICUs in the state. We have five kids on ventilators because of COVID here in the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said.

Data from the CDC shows at least 464 children have died from COVID-19, each one a life not done living, and taken way too soon.

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