School continued Monday in an Eastern Kentucky high school with yet another empty seat. Tasha Howard, a senior at Clay County High School, died after a car accident a few days ago.
School officials say the loss of a student is hard on the staff and all the students, but the loss of the fourth student in one school year has been especially rough.
"The expectancy would be of course almost like your own children, they would out live you but it’s not always the case," said Clay County School Superintendent Doug Adams.
Principal Michael White says they bring in extra grief counselors to help their guidance counselor’s deal with a loss that affects an entire school.
"They have questions, they don't understand why it has to happen to us and why it has to happen to their friends," White said.
Tasha Howard was a 17 year old senior. The yearbook staff is allowing us to view the upcoming yearbook online with Howard's senior picture. Included in the 2007 yearbook will be pages in memory of all four students lost this year.
"All of our students that have passed this year have been tremendous young students, bright futures ahead of all of them. It's so sad that their lives had to be taken," White said.
School officials say they hope students and staff won't have to experience any more losses of such young lives.
The visitation for Tasha Howard is Monday night and Tuesday at the Otter Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Manchester. The funeral is Wednesday at 2 pm also at Otter Creek Missionary Baptist Church.