The community of Mason, Ohio is left stunned by the death of a fourth-grade child. Saturday the 22nd saw the funeral for Gibson.
Sable Gibson was only ten years old when she died on the 19th of February. The day before her death, Gibson rode to the Children’s Hospital via helicopter. There at the hospital, doctors diagnosed her with both the flu and strep throat.
Thousands of community members are expected at the funeral to show their support for the family.
On the 22nd, friends of the Gibsons organized a show of support. They met up at the Mason Early Childhood Center to go out in groups to hang pink ribbons around the community. Pink was Gibson’s favorite color.
It is the hope that the Gibson family can see the pink ribbons throughout their day as well as on their way to the Rivers Crossing Community Church where the visitation and funeral will be held.
The ribbon hanging was a show of community as well as school spirit for a group of seventh graders. The students of Mason Middle School who helped with the ribbons are classmates of Gibson’s brother.
Students and Friends Across Mason Gather to Show their Support
Seventh-grader, Aeden Bisconti wanted to support Gibson’s brother and his family and show them they’re cared for throughout the community.
Another Seventh grader, Jacob Handley expressed his wish that seeing the ribbons will lift up the family in their time of grief. Handley says everyone in the community is helping out where they can. He also mentions a sudden loss this past summer so that he can empathize with the family. He knows how good it is to have support from your community in trying times.
According to the Superintendent of Mason City Schools, Jonathan Cooper, these past few days have affected educators in the district.
The loss of a student is one of the hardest things to face as a community, especially for those who were a part of their lives such as at school. However, the students have been an inspiration to the faculty, showing empathy and support to the family. Cooper says the students are helping the adults what true community looks like.