VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The classrooms at the Virginia Beach Technical and CareerEducation Center are still locations for education. But theabsences of three students are providing a difficult lesson ingrief for the school community. Nearly 60 students took advantageof counseling sessions available to them after three students diedlast week. The adults also had some help.
"I even offered counseling for the two teachers that taught thestudents. It has just devastated this school," Guidance Counselor,Randy Sowala told WAVY.com.
Students and staff at Green Run High School are also grieving.Mathew Kirkbride, 18, Adam Sherman, 17, and Joseph Jenkins, 17 allattended Green Run in the morning, before heading to the CareerEducation Center in the afternoon. Counselors were inside Green RunMonday, while a constant stream of students gathered outside andplaced items on a tree to remember three lost friends.
The three seniors all died after a crash on Salem Road Friday.Sowala told WAVY.com all three had promising futures.
"These individuals made a goal and they studied. They wanted togo into construction trades which is just an incredible way to gowhen you're 16, 17 years old."
Sowala continued, "You have to applaud students in this day andage, who know what they want and go after it. They knew what theywanted and they were going to go after it."
Sherman, was studying masonry. Kirkbride and Jenkins had sightsset on becoming electricians.
Their peers clearly remembered them in classes. One wrote "RIPAdam Sherman" on the chalkboard in Masonry class. Down the hall inthe Electricity classroom, a student had placed Kirkbride'sobituary at an empty chair.
Monday evening, after the first day of classes since the crash,students lit candles outside Green Run High School. The studentssigned a tree in front of the school in a tribute to Kirkbride,Sherman, and Jenkins.
Green Run High School will sponsor a Memorial Service for thestudents Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m.
It's been a difficult year for Green Run High. The Stallionslost Officer Randy Vaiden just over a year ago. Vaiden died in acar crash on Holland Road last October. In 2007, students andteachers remembered Vaiden in an outdoor service, just a few feetfrom where students are grieving again.
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