Grief counselors were available at a Manhattan Beach high school Monday, two days after a student died when he was struck by a bridge while standing on a double-decker bus during a friend’s birthday party.
Mason Zisette, 16, was standing on the “open-roof” section of a Starline Tours bus Thursday when it drove under a bridge on the 405 Freeway.
The Mira Costa High School student was facing away from the bridge when the bus approached it and he hit his head. Zisette suffered major injuries and died Saturday.
“It’s a tragic event that will impact lives for years to come. Our purpose here is to be here for students,” school superintendent Mike Matthews said.
Zisette would have been a junior this year and was a varsity tennis player at his school, where many of the students learned about the incident through social media.
“I was really shocked because I was on Instagram when I found out. I saw his picture and I thought it was just his birthday. Then I saw the comments and it said ‘rest in peace.’” school senior Danielle Williams said.
Zisette’s parents allowed more than 100 friends to wait in line to say goodbye to him before taking the 16-year-old off life support.
Although summer classes were the only ones being offered at Mira Costa High School, grief counselors were available to anyone who needed help dealing with the tragedy, school officials said.