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Breakfing News: High school student killed in Sunday accident

Monday, February 2, 2004

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By FRANK PHILLIPS

frankphi@hotmail.com

A Northview High School student was killed Sunday night when the car he was driving ran off the road in Parke County, into a water-filled spillway, The Brazil Times has learned.

A source, asking to not be identified, said Andrew Griffin, 16, a 10th-grade student at NHS, drowned after he left a Super Bowl party at Raccoon Lake.

Shortly after he left the party, Griffin's car ran off the road and became submerged in a spillway on a county road near the lake. The cause of the accident was not known this morning.

This information is being published as an editorial insert in The Times, because the information was not confirmed until 11 a.m. today, past deadline.

Some Northview High School students learned of Griffin's death last night and did not go to school today, Principal Ken Wallace said. Other students learned of his death when they arrived at school this morning.

Guidance counselors and area ministers spent the morning counseling students who wished it. Some students stayed in school and others went home after learning of Griffin's death.

"He was a really nice, special kid," Wallace said. "He was a nice young gentleman, a talented athlete. He started as a freshman on our baseball team last year. He was a very hard-working student.

"His parents are very good people. They had high expectations of him."

Griffin's parents are Tim and Joann Brown of rural Brazil.

"Our entire staff here has been really good," Wallace said.



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