Tragic Loss Strikes Mapleton High School during Homecoming Game

In a heart-wrenching turn of events, the Mapleton High School community was struck by a devastating loss on the evening of Friday, September 29, 2023, during the homecoming festivities. A promising young student, Bre McKean, tragically collapsed on the football field and passed away, leaving behind a deep void in the hearts of her loved ones and the Mapleton community.

Community in Mourning

Mapleton Local School District Superintendent Scott Smith announced the heartbreaking news in a press release on Saturday afternoon. He expressed the profound sadness that gripped the school district and the entire community due to the sudden and tragic loss of Bre McKean. Bre, a senior at Mapleton High School, was beloved by her peers and educators alike.

“It is with a heavy heart that the Mapleton Local School District announces the passing of Bre McKean, a senior at Mapleton High School, on Friday, September 29, 2023 due to a medical emergency during homecoming festivities prior to the football game. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the McKean family, friends and the Mapleton community.”– Scott Smith (Superintendent)

Homecoming Medical Emergency

  • The events leading to this tragedy unfolded during the homecoming festivities preceding a high school football game between Mapleton and South Central.
  • Bre McKean’s collapse sent shockwaves through the crowd, and despite immediate efforts to assist her, she could not be revived. The news of her passing left the community in a state of disbelief and grief.

Mapleton Strong

In the face of such a devastating loss, the community rallied together to support one another. The football game between Mapleton and South Central, which had been underway, was suspended at halftime as both teams and their student bodies were informed of the tragic incident.

Mapleton Strong
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The school acted swiftly to provide grief counselors and support services to help students, staff, and the community cope with the overwhelming emotions that followed.

Remembering Bre McKean

Bre McKean was more than just a high school senior; she was an integral part of the Mapleton community. As one of the Senior Queen candidates at this year’s homecoming festivities, she embodied the spirit and camaraderie that define such events.

Bre’s involvement extended beyond homecoming, as she was an active member of the Mapleton volleyball team, where she showcased her talents as a middle hitter. Additionally, for the first three years of her high school journey, she contributed her skills and passion to the girls’ high school basketball team.

Homecoming Dance Canceled

In light of this tragedy, Superintendent Scott Smith announced that the homecoming dance, scheduled for Saturday, September 30, had been canceled. Furthermore, all Mapleton athletic events were postponed until Wednesday, October 4, as a mark of respect and to allow the community time to mourn and heal.

Bre McKean’s untimely passing has left a profound impact on the Mapleton High School community. As they come to terms with their loss, the memories of her spirit, dedication, and vibrant presence will serve as a source of inspiration. The Mapleton community will undoubtedly unite to remember and honor Bre’s legacy, ensuring that her memory lives on as a testament to the strength and resilience of their tight-knit community.

The entire team at Spiel Times extends our most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Bre McKean. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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