Patrick MoussignacMay 17, 2018, 10:41 amMay 18, 2018, 5:23 pm

Community in North Salem mourns beloved art teacher killed in storm

Lauren Svendsen of New Fairfield, CT, reportedly lost her life after a tree fell on her car

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NORTH SALEM — Grief counselors will be on hand Thursday for students and staff in the North Salem School District as the community mourns an art teacher who was killed during Tuesday’s storm.

Lauren Svendsen taught art at both the North Salem Middle and High School. She was killed after a tree fell on her car as the storm passed through new Fairfield, Connecticut. News of her death spread quickly in the community.

School officials wouldn't allow the media anywhere on school grounds on Thursday, but Superintendent Ken Freeston released a statement that read, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her entire family at this time."

A local newspaper says Svendsen was in the car with her 3-year-old son when the tree fell on her car. Her son wasn't hurt.

"My daughter is upset. She knew her well. She was an art student," says John MacLeod, whose daughter was once a student of Svendsen.

The district will meet with a regional crisis team on Thursday and Friday to help provide extra counselors for the entire school community.

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