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NHS officials prepared for counseling

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Scott McDonald has been in this position before.

When he took a guidance counselor position at Northview High School, McDonald dealt with grief counseling because of a student death.

Today, the counselors at the school will deal with it again after two Northview students died in separate vehicle accidents during the weekend.

One student died after a two-vehicle accident Friday evening and another student died in a single-vehicle accident Saturday morning after a high-speed chase with law enforcement.

McDonald said school officials planned an administrative meeting for 7 a.m. today to discuss how to deal with student grief. In addition, he said the auditorium would be opened up for counseling. All three school counselors and area ministers would be at the school today.

"We've lost kids before," McDonald said. "It's never easy. It's a hard thing to explain. There are so many questions kids want answers for.

"There will be lots of tears, but luckily, we have a good support system."

McDonald said he expects students to be dealing with shock and anger today.

"They won't believe it," he said. "We'll talk to the kids. We're going to see what the day will bring. We'll deal with it the best we can."

"All of us in the Clay Community Schools are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic death of our students," Northview Principal Tim Rayle said vie e-mail. "Words are totally inadequate to express our feelings. It is very difficult for all of us to face the death of a young person.

"A support team has been asked to join our staff to provide counseling and support to students and staff. Counseling will continue to be available to students as long as necessary."

Clay Community Schools Superintendent Dan Schroeder could not be reached for comment.

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