Students Grieve for Classmate
Posted at: 09/20/2012 4:50 PM
| Updated at: 09/20/2012 9:42 PM
Eveleth-Gilbert High School is in mourning, as students try and come to terms with losing a classmate.
Hannah Wilson, a junior, died after being critically injured in a car crash Wednesday. She was 16-years-old.
The grief overwhelmed many kids who've grown to love Hannah during her time at that school, which is only about a year.
The staff set up a session so students could grieve together.
They lined the walls of the gym, and then shared memories of Hannah over a microphone.
One girl said she believes Hannah is watching over them now. Another said she's in a better place.
Principal Jan Mesich said it was an important opportunity for the students to share, and very meaningful and powerful.
Hannah's teachers came up with some words to describe her. Mesich shared those thoughts with us.
"Hannah was a beautiful, happy girl. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was compassionate, and looked out for others," Mesich said.
Counselors from neighboring schools and local clergy came to the building to help the kids. Mesich said she was amazed about how well the students handled this tragedy.
Hannah was critically hurt Wednesday. She was attempting to cross Highway 53 near the college when she was hit broadside by an SUV whose driver had minor injuries.
Air medical brought her to Duluth for care. But by Thursday morning, word had spread that she had passed away.
Mesich said healing will take time. "The magnitude of her loss is enormous. She will forever be missed by classmates and teachers."
Classmates wore blue, to support the girl who always had a smile on her face.
Hannah lived in Virginia, so people there were also very upset by her loss.
The state patrol is investigating the crash. The other driver had minor injuries.