Classmates, Community Members Remember Third Student Lost

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

It's been a tough school year for students at one Eastern Kentucky high school, after a weekend accident takes the life of a third classmate.
The hits on 16 year old Shawn Barrett's MySpace page continue to mount as word of his weekend ATV crash and death spreads to his friends.

"He was a great guy," says Barrett's cousin Jessica Smith. "He went to church. He hung out with everybody. He tried to be friends with everybody. He was really nice to be around."

The school that Shawn, a sophomore, attended continues to take their own kind of hits as Shawn was the third student killed *this school year* in unrelated accidents.

"It's just unreal that this could happen this many times, to one school, in one place, in one school year," says Clay County High School Principal Michael White. "It's just hard to believe."

And while classes were called off at Clay County High School Monday, due to weather... the empty hallways spoke for themselves.

As the deaths of freshman Trenton Thompson and senior Francheska Smith are still fresh with students...

"Anytime students need to speak with a counselor, we have those available," says White. "But more than anything else, teenagers are a great support group among themselves."

Which is why, with school called off, students gathered to lend support online... missing another friend...and surviving the school year.
Family members say Shawn Barrett's funeral will be Tuesday at 2pm, at the Britton Funeral Home in Manchester.


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