Permian High Students Cope After Losing Teacher

Permian High Students Cope After Losing Teacher

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - With the passing of Mark Lampman, a government teacher and assistant girls golf coach at Permian High School, students and teachers are mourning.
Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - With the passing of Mark Lampman, a government teacher and assistant girls golf coach at Permian High School, students and teachers are mourning.

"With so many different things happening in such a close period of time, it wouldn't be surprising that teens would be experiencing a whole host of emotions," said Dr. Shelley Blancett, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Licensed Psychological Associate with Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin

According to Dr. Blancett, some of those emotions can include sadness, anger, irritability, guilt or sense of shame.

Dr. Blancett says the sudden loss of a person of trust and authority is very difficult to cope with, but must be discussed.

"It's important that some difficult topics be opened up and discussed between parents and kids," Dr. Blancett said.

Ector County Independent School District officials tells Local Big 2 crisis counselors were available to students and faculty members Thursday and will continue to be on the Permian High campus Friday.

"People find that talking about difficult situations and negative feelings helps them," said Dr. Blancett.

A memorial page to Lampman was created on Facebook less than 24-hours after the news of Lampman's passing was made public.

Several people who had Lampman as a teacher during his 17-years at ECISD, posted memorable thoughts about him, adding that he made his classes fun and engaging and interacted with all of his students.

Many posted that he made a positive influence on all his students.

"Having something like this occur, that will impact their feelings and you know, their memories of the school," Dr. Blancett said.


The account to make donations in Mark Lampman's name is at West Texas Educators Credit Union in Odessa. 

The candlelight vigil is scheduled for May 14th. Click here for details. 


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