Today was supposed to be the first normal day of instruction following spring break at Franklin County High School. But with students returning to three empty desks, there it nothing normal about today's classes.
The first thing you see at as you approach the school is a reminder of the loss being felt inside. The school's billboard now lists the names of the three young men who died on the first of April.
Nick Jacoby, Ben Laslie and Allen Williams were killed when their car lost control and crashed along US 421.
School administrators knew they had to do something to help the students who were returning today, facing the reality of life without their three friends.
"I was nervous for some who might be coming back and reacting with the students there. We wanted to support them," said Superintendent Harrie Buecker.
The day the wreck happened was senior skip day so for many of these students this is their first day in class without the three teens. But it's not just the students who are grieving. All three young men were active in school programs and their deaths are taking a toll on the staff as well.
"Beyond what any of us could have dreamed we would have to cope with. So sad trying to deal with it," Buecker said.
The superintendent tells says that while today will be very difficult at the school, weighing even heavier on everyone's minds is what the families of these three young men are going through and that their thoughts and prayers are going out to them.