CHHS mourns as third student dies this year

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Charles Henderson High Trojans came together once again Monday as they mourned the loss of another student.

“It’s been a tough day,” said Dr. Boyd English, CHHS principal. “We’ve had way too many of these.”

A sophomore female student, who had recently committed herself to the school’s JROTC program, passed away Sunday afternoon after being injured in a fatal two-car wreck in the 1300 block North Three Notch Street.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

According to reports, four other individuals, including another CHHS student, received minor injuries in the accident. Police have not released details.

English said Monday that out of respect for the young girl and her family, he would not release her name. Instead, English spoke highly of the young girl and said she “had zest.”

“She loved her friends, her classmates and her teachers and everybody at school,” English said. “It’s like I said today was a tough day. She was committed this year. She was a sophomore and in her second year here she had mapped out her plan for the rest of her life.”

In just a few short months, the Charles Henderson Trojans have seen the passing of three of their peers. In September, senior, DeMario Harris Jr. collapsed on the football field during a game and died shortly afterwards of a brain hemorrhage. In January, a junior died after taking her own life, English said.

English said he was saddened by the loss of so many young, bright students.

“We see kids anywhere from five to 10 times a day, throughout the entire day,” English said. “We get to interact with our kids on a daily basis and we know how they tick and what makes them tick and what their strengths and weaknesses are. We get attached to them.”

English said the 10th grade students along with JROTC students would have a meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss plans to honor the passing of the student.

But, in the meantime, English said the CHHS family would lean on each other to get through this difficult time. “The only thing we can do is love each other and be there for each other,” English said. “We’re going to move forward and lean on each other and try to move forward together.”