CEDAR PARK, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - The Leander Independent School District says a crisis team will be on campus today to help students and staff deal with the loss of a Leander ISD middle school coach who was shot and killed over the weekend.
Ladner's neighbor, Larry Wayne Smith, has been arrested and charged with murder.
Leander ISD says that Ladner coached a couple girls sports at Running Brushy Middle School as well taught at Leander ISD for many years.
The district released a statement about Ladner's death and what they planned to do saying:
The Running Brushy Middle School and Leander ISD family is saddened to learn of the unexpected death of a faculty member, Adam Ladner. His passing has affected students and staff members deeply. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Within Running Brushy and Leander ISD, we have the district Crisis Team, who are trained to deal with grief counseling, available to students and staff members.
This intervention has been implemented to respond to this tragic event and to help our students and their families get back to regular learning and everyday activities as soon as possible. This plan has evolved from the district's experience with death in the past and the advice of mental health professionals from the community.
We expect everyone will react in different ways to the death of one of our school community members. We understand there will be a variety of emotions and responses to Coach Ladner’s passing. The most important things we can do are offer support and encourage an open expression of feelings.
If your child has questions or needs help, please have them see a Crisis Team member at RBMS this week. We will try to maintain as normal a routine and structure as the situation allows, and we encourage you to do the same.
Officials say that those with concerns or questions can call the school at 512-570-3300.