Bristow School Leaders Describe 5-Year-Old Killed Near Gypsy As “Bubbly, Ready to Learn”

Thursday, August 27th 2020, 6:17 pm
By: Amy Slanchik

BRISTOW, Okla. -

Just days before a five-year-old girl would have walked into her first day of kindergarten at Edison Elementary in Bristow, her short life ended. Investigators said her father is accused of killing her.

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She went to Edison Elementary for pre-K and was enrolled in the childcare program over the summer. 

"She was definitely a sponge. Ready to learn every day,” Edison Elementary Counselor Cindy Wayland said. 

Wayland said she will miss the girl’s smile the most. 

"She was full of life. And had a lot of life ahead of her,” she said. 

Assistant Principal Robin Little used the word "bubbly" to describe the girl's personality. 

"Happy, involved, says ‘Hi’ walking through and how are you doing and hugs, that's what we do here,” Little said. 

Sources close to the investigation told News On 6 Adam Mason was arrested after his daughter was found dead and burned near the town of Gypsy. Records show he was released from prison in November. 

The FBI said it has a policy to not release names of juvenile victims. 

While News On 6 does not have the girl’s name confirmed by law enforcement, we are learning more about how the community is mourning the loss. 

Wayland said, as the school counselor, she is ready to support anyone who needs to talk. 

"I'm gonna do the best I can. I'm a good hugger. I'm a good listener. And I will be here for my family, school family and for her family as well,” she said. 

Both Little and Wayland said they are leaning on their faith and asking the community to do the same. 

"Just pray. Pray for the Edison family. And we are in prayer for her family as well,” Little said.

"We're gonna do the best we can and pray,” Wayland said. “Do lots of praying." 

School leaders are asking parents to consider talking to their kids about what happened, ahead of the first day of school Monday. 

The FBI has not released how the girl was killed or what charges the suspect will face.