University High School staff and students mourn crash victims



Posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 6:03 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--Monday marked the first day back to school at University High since a deadly car crash over the weekend.

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Staff and students came together at school mourning the loss of two of their own. Students said the day at school was unlike any other they can remember.

"It was really sad, it was the quietest I've ever seen this school, every class that I went to,” said one student.

Many students could not get through their day in the classroom, so they left to look for help to coke with the crash involving three of their fellow students.

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"The library was open pretty much the whole day, you could sign out of class, talk with counselors, talk with friends,” said a University High School student.

School leaders prepared for the day with extra staff available to help students. They also sent letters home with each child to let their parents know what happened.

"Lots of grief, lots of shock and sadness, we're just getting through it,” said junior Jocelyn Ward.

From the tragedy, came a sense of unity at University High School.
"Everyone was hugging, everyone was being nice to each other, we all said we love you,” added Ward.

District leaders said they want to have another gathering to celebrate the students. They have not made any plans yet.