Monroe County Middle School students are mourning the loss of a sixth grade science teacher, according to a release from Monroe County Schools.

It says 26-year-old Timothy Wiggs was hospitalized earlier in October and was at home recovering when he died.

Counselors and administrators were at Hubbard Middle and Banks Stephens on Monday as students and faculty arrived for classes.

The release says counseling will be available for the grieving students and faculty.

Many sixth graders wore crazy socks and green shirts Monday to honor his memory.

Wiggs began his third year with Monroe County Schools in August.

Funeral arrangements will be shared when they are released.