A difficult day at a Central Kentucky school, as students and teachers mourn the death of a six-year-old student. Police say Charlie Semones died Saturday when he was riding his bicycle in Frankfort and a car hit him. He was a kindergarten student at the Early Learning Village.
Students started their day with a moment of silence for Charlie. Then his classmates created an art project as a way to remember the six-year-old. They'll give their drawings to Charlie's parents during this difficult time.
"It's a very strong way to be able to let the kid express what's going on even if they don't have the words at this point in life to be able to convey. That picture allows them to get those idea and that outpouring of emotion out in a way that's comfortable and familiar with them," explains school psychologist Mike Stapleton, who is counseling both students and staff right now.
"There's been a lot of crying and hugging and support," Stapleton says.
"Today is one of those days that you can feel it in the air when you walk in the building that something's array. Something's not quite right and it's just because we're sad about the accident and what happened and the loss of one of our family members," says Principal Donnie Owens.
Principal Owens tells us Charlie was in kindergarten. Many teachers knew him from his year in pre-K as well.
"Every day he came to school he was excited about school, wanted to learn, was enthusiastic, was full of energy, full of life, and so he really represented all of our kids here," remembers Principal Owens, "even though Charlie won't be back with us, he will always live in our hearts. And I believe that. He will live in our hearts forever. Charlie will."
Charlie's visitation will be Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 8 p.m. at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel in Frankfort. His funeral is Wednesday at 1 p.m.
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