GOSHEN — Students at Goshen Middle School are using social media and gym shirts to support their teacher who was injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon.
Lance McFarren, a seventh-grade gym teacher at the school, was injured in a motorcycle crash Wednesday afternoon in Noble County. He was ejected from his motorcycle after read-rending a vehicle near the intersection of U.S. 6 and C.R. 1050 West, according to police reports.
McFarren, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital in critical condition with severe head trauma, the reports said.
On Friday, more than 75 students donned Goshen Middle School physical education shirts to show their support for McFarren.
Lori Shreiner, principal at Goshen Middle School, said it was a student-led conversation on social media that started the trend.
“We had teachers in the building who were kind of monitoring social media and discovered that they were communicating to wear their gym shirts in support,” Shreiner said, adding that the shirts are the same ones students are asked to wear for gym class. “... Our eighth-graders probably know him best, but the kids all got together and decided to do this for him.”
Students and staff have also begun using the hashtag “FarrenFighters” on sites including Twitter and Facebook, offering support to McFarren and his family, which includes his wife, Betts McFarren who is the principal at Goshen’s Parkside Elementary School.