COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - The Colquitt County School Board is looking at ways to improve safety at their high school baseball field after a tragic accident killed Valdosta High junior varsity baseball player Colton Shaw.
A dark cloud hangs over Ike Aultman Field in Colquitt County, as the memory of Colton is fresh in everyone's minds.
Colquitt county Assistant Superintendent Dr. Todd Cason said, “Your heart just goes out to everyone who was involved. And we're praying that nothing like this would ever happen to any child either in Colquitt county, Valdosta City Schools, or any school district over the world.”
Dr. Cason said coaches and school counselors are on standby, ready to provide the support for students who witnessed the accident.
“To help them cope with it, to help them understand that it was just an accident, it was a tragic accident. And everyone did everything possible to help Colton during that time,” said Dr. Cason.
But now the Colquitt County Board of Education is going one step further to make the dugouts safer for players.
“I talked with our superintendent this morning and he has been in contact with our athletic director. So I think we are in the process of making contact with companies to see what kind of barrier we can put there,” said Dr. Cason.
He said he imagines most schools in the area will consider building barriers around exposed dugouts.
“If we can be proactive and try to make sure nothing like this happens again, then that's what we're going to try to do,” said Dr. Cason.
An addition that will add more than just safety, but reassurance that another family will not have to go through this tragedy.