Ponchatoula High School copes with student deaths
POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 1:04pm
PONCHATOULA, LA (WDSU) — Parents, teachers and students at Ponchatoula High School are coming together to cope with three recent tragedies.
Two students have died and a third was badly injured within the past few days.
"They want to know why, you know? Who's next?" Assistant Principal Mary Beth Crovetto said.
Tyler Saizan, 16, was killed in front of the school Monday afternoon when his truck collided with a transit bus. Kristina Barnard, 17, was killed and Dylan White was hurt in separate accidents.
A group of students created Project Ignition in response to the recent tragedies, a program that urges students to drive safely.
"We just want it to be an eye-opener and for people to take in what and who they would miss and what they'd miss out on life," group organizer Michelle Laterrade said.
School officials said the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program was hit especially hard in the tragedies.
All of the counselors at the school are trained grief counselors, so their doors will remain open to the students for as long as they need them.