Members of the Gahanna community are taking to social media to pay tribute to Lincoln High School business teacher Andrew Hoying.

The Gahanna-Jefferson schools released a media statement late Friday, Feb. 16, from Superintendent Steve Barrett, saying the district was made aware of Hoying’s death Feb. 15.

“The entire Gahanna-Jefferson school community is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Andrew Hoying, one of our high school teachers from the business department,” he said. “We extend our sincere sympathies to his family during this difficult time.”

Barrett said the district has been consulting with grief experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is focused on meeting the emotional needs of students and staff.

Guidance counselors and mental-health specialists were available at the high school Friday morning (Feb. 16) and will be available throughout next week to provide support for any student or teacher in need.

The district also offered the Franklin County Crisis Line at 614-722-1800 if support is needed over the weekend.

Barrett said a moment of silence would be observed at Friday night’s high school basketball game against Pickerington Central.

“It’s our intention to respect the privacy of the family in this difficult situation and therefore, we will not be sharing any additional information,” Barrett said.

Hoying, 28, had been a business teacher at Gahanna Lincoln High School since June 2014.

@GLHS_SS posted on Twitter that Friday night’s basketball game theme would be “Hawaiian for Hoying” and to show support for Hoying. The post included the hashtag #HawaiianforHoying.

The Twitter account also wrote that flowers and notes would be placed around Hoying’s door throughout the week.

On social media, Aaren Celentano wrote, “If you knew Hoying, you would know how connected he was with his students. He loved everyone who walked into his classroom. He put everything he had into our school … I will never forget all the love you gave me as a student and as a friend. Thank you.”

@GahannaFootball posted, “Never seen this guy without a smile on his face. You will be deeply missed, you left a lasting impression on our program and community.”

Hoying taught classes in information technology, introduction to business and personal finance.

He previously was employed as a business teacher at Franklin Heights High School in the South-Western City Schools for about two years.

He was a member of the Ohio State University Kid Corps from August 2010 to June 2012.

He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State University in 2012.

That same year, he received the R. Richard McNeal Scholarship for excellence in the College of Education and Human Ecology at the Ohio State University.

Details about Hoying's death weren't made available.

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