Matt Campbell, Principal of Las Lomas High School, has issued the following statement regarding the deaths of two students in a rafting accident on Saturday:
“In light of the tragic news, the Las Lomas community is deeply saddened by the loss of two of our students. Gavin and Matt were well respected by staff members and peers, and will be greatly missed.
Las Lomas will offer extended counseling services to help students deal with their grief.
We offer our condolences to the families and friends who are dealing with this extremely difficult time in their lives.”
Times columnist Tony Hicks has posted a somber column about the accident, saying boys are “hard-wired” for adventure.
I visited the site where Gavin and Matt reportedly launched their two-person inflatable raft and was surprised to see no barrier to the creek on what appeared to be the unincorporated county side of a small bridge on Vanderslice Avenue, near Murwood Elementary.
A sign on the chain link fence seen above warns that creek access is restricted, but doesn’t say it’s prohibited:
On the other side of the bridge, which appears to be in the city limits, the creek is completely fenced off with County Flood Control signs.
Friends of the boys who died have made a creek sign into a makeshift memorial.
Here’s some video I shot of the creek, which was flowing slowly today. A bunch of daisies had been left on a rock.
Do you think a fence and signs warning about the dangers of entering the creek should be posted?