LAPS Confirms LAHS Student’s Death In Canyon

Editor’s note: Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus has released the following letter about a tragic event that occurred Tuesday:
By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear Los Alamos Community,

It is with profound sadness that I write to you with tragic news. We have received confirmation that Carson Cannon, a Los Alamos High School junior, died yesterday from a fall in a canyon near White Rock. This news comes as a shock and the loss will raise many concerns, questions and emotions for our school community. In times of crisis, we can come together to support each other and to help his fellow students, teachers, and family work through grief. 

If you are a parent or guardian, I encourage you to talk with your children and allow them to freely express even difficult or uncomfortable emotions without judgment. Discussing thoughts and feelings about this situation is an important step toward helping our children understand what happened. If you would like to speak with a counselor, please feel free to call the LAHS Counseling Department at (505) 663-2797. In addition, local therapists and members of the faith community have informed us of their availability.

Carson has been a member of our school community for many years. He attended Pinon Elementary School, Los Alamos Middle School and the High School. Carson will always be remembered for his sweet nature and kindness toward others.

During this time, as the school community copes with grief, the Los Alamos school district is providing counseling and bereavement support for all of our students and staff. District staff have been mobilized and a support plan has been developed. 

Thank you for respecting the family’s right to privacy during this difficult time. Our condolences go out to the Cannon family and all of Carson’s friends and classmates.