Declan O'Connell and his family at the Cotting School Family BBQ in 2015The sympathy, love, and support of the entire Cotting School community are with the family of Declan O’Connell.

Declan was a student here for more than seven years, joining us at the age of 3. Cotting was the only school he knew. Tom and Lara, Declan’s parents, write, “We will be eternally grateful for the joy and love that Cotting brought to Declan and to our entire family. In our minds it is a magical place-almost beyond touch of the normal world-where only good is allowed in.”

The O’Connell family has generously requested that memorial donations be made to Cotting School.

We at Cotting School are deeply saddened by the loss of Declan. We will always carry him in our hearts.

David Manzo