A banner filled with prayers and messages of hope laid on the floor of the lobby of Valdosta High School's 9th grade academy Thursday, messages written by students showing their support for 14 year old Colton Shaw and his family.
"Awesome student, respected by all students that knew him," said Valdosta High School Counselor Brian Law.
Colton was air lifted from the baseball field at Colquitt County High School Wednesday night and taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and put on life support. Law said helping students and staff cope with the tragedy has been a district wide effort.
"The district's been very supportive. They sent in other school counselors to help us. We have district office personnel here, our administrators and teachers, to make sure that our students can focus and can process this tragic event," Law explained.
Law said this situation made many students feel as though they had lost a member of their own family, even students who barely knew Colton. "A student said to me today that was very upset, I had an individual session with him, he said, 'Mr. Law, I only knew him for about three months but when something happens like this to one of our students it's like a family member,'" Law recalled.
All of the high school's sporting events were canceled Thursday, and the school was planning to determine over the weekend how they would handle the rest of their baseball games for the season.
A vigil was scheduled for 9 p.m. Thursday at the high school track, but it was canceled late Thursday afternoon and the school was working to reschedule it.