Too often teenagers are criticized for their negative use of social media and I am often one of the first to jump on the bandwagon. Yet, the tragic death of a freshman footabll player unexpectedly at practice over the past weekend has instead brought out the best in our teens.
Last Saturday, Ryan Gillyard, a promising young footaball player at Saint Joseph’s Prep tragically died at a spring conditioing practice, just 20 minutes into the workout. Read about this tragic loss here. The young athlete had no apparent prior history of heart disease or other complications. Doctors and trainers are all perlexed by the tragedy and are now awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause.
Ryan’s classmates and schoolmates immediately took to Twitter and Instagram to respectfully share the sad news.
Once the news was shared, other teens began posting tributes and #RIPRyan messages.
Even students from rival schools paid tribute to his contributions.
Finally, seeing the interaction on Twitter between his school and the students is also very gratifying and is a great way for the entire school commnity to be supporting each other.