Classes cancelled Tuesday as Randolph County continues to grieve

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 7:24 PM

(KMOV.com) -- The Randolph County community continued to struggle with the loss of four childen killed in a tragic house fire Monday.

All four attended the same elementary school in Campbell Hill, and administrators cancelled classes for Tuesday because so many wanted to attend the funeral. 

District Superintendent Jackie Smith said at first they were going to have a half day Tuesday and dismiss at noon, but so many of the faculty, staff, parents and students expressed desire to support the family in their time of need,the whole day was taken. 

The flag was flying at half staff outside the school Monday, and smith –who has been with the district 34 years- says while students have had to deal with death in the past, nothing like this has ever hit the district before.

“You have a grieving period, and everybody grieves differently,” he said. “We had students that were crying that were visibily upset. We had parents that came and got students and then we had other students that stayed and showed very little emotion. Those are the ones you have to kinda watch and see.”

12-year old Ethan was in sixth grade; Kailey was nine and a fourth grader. The twins, Brandon and Landan were pre-kindergarten.

According to Marc Kiener, a Randolph County Commissioner whose wife teaches at the school, the children were well-loved.

“Nothing but good to say about them,” he said. “No issues, just good, bright young childfren and it’s tough for all of those teachers. You know teachers become parents to those children.”

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