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Tioga Central Senior Student Killed in Motocross Accident, Crisis Team on Call

A candlelight vigil was held Monday night at the high school football field for classmates, teachers, friends, families and relatives to pay respects to Tioga Central senior student Mason Booser who died Sunday in a motocross accident. Hundreds attended the informal gathering. Booser had planned to enter the Marine Corps after his graduation later this month with the Class of 2020.

Tioga Central School District Superintendent David Hamilton had released a statement Monday about the student’s death on the district’s website but did not mention Booser by name. Hamilton wrote: “I’m writing to share the sad news that one of our Tioga seniors away as a result of injuries sustained in a motocross accident. I know this will come as a shock to everyone in our school community, especially those who knew the student and his family.  He was a bright star whose light was dimmed far too soon.

“Our crisis team is available by phone, zoom, or in person to support staff and students during this difficult time. You can call the HS main office at (607) 687-8000 to arrange a time to meet with one of our mental health providers or walk in anytime this week during regular school hours. We will continue to share information and arrangements as we get them. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.”

Owego Apalachin School District tweeted this message to their friends at Tioga Central: “Our thoughts go out to our friends at the Tioga Central School District during this difficult time. We extend our condolences to the family, friends, and staff as you mourn the loss of Mason.”

Mr. Roe, Mrs. Schneider and other counselors at Tioga Central will be available all week at the high school for students and staff. Please stop or call 687-8001 or 687-8005. Our doors are open.

The district will be operating under the expectation attendees will follow social distancing protocols of maintaining 6-feet and wearing masks.