Student deaths prompt quick reactions from school crisis teams
Since classes started in September, a handful of seats have gone empty in classrooms across the metro area.
In September, a father killed his three teenagers before shooting himself in Minnetonka. Later that month, a Chanhassen senior died of a drug overdose. A pair of Lakeville students died in a pickup truck rollover the week after Thanksgiving. The day after Christmas, Columbia Heights siblings were killed in a snowy car crash.
Family tragedies ripple quickly to school buildings, where teachers and staff are increasingly practiced at making schools safe havens for mourning students. With crisis management plans, a majority of schools turn into command centers to help young people cope with grief they may have never before experienced.