Grief counselors at school after teen fatality

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 10:42 AM
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Grief counselors were at Greenbrier High School to console students on Thursday, a day after a former Greenbrier student died in a car wreck.

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Former Greenbrier High School student Helen Reid, 18, died Wednesday in a wreck in Aiken County.     SPECIAL
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Former Greenbrier High School student Helen Reid, 18, died Wednesday in a wreck in Aiken County.

Helen Reid, 18, was killed when the vehicle in which she was riding hit a tree near Bath.

“If (students) need to have somebody come and talk, to share thoughts with and feelings with – things like that,” Principal Chris Segraves said.

Reid, of Evans, dropped out of Greenbrier and got her GED, said her father, Andy Reid.

“She was a very artistic, musical person,” he said. “She loved everybody, had friends galore.”

Reid was the back-seat passenger in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Austin Beard, of North Augusta. About 2 p.m., the SUV ran off the side of Dixie Clay Road and hit an embankment and a tree, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.

Reid, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. She was Aiken County’s first traffic fatality of the year.

The Jeep was traveling at high speed and overturned, Carlton said.

Beard and front-seat passenger Tyler Gardner were wearing seat belts and were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where they were in critical condition early Thursday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those individuals involved in this tragic accident,” Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

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whyme
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whyme 01/09/14 - 02:40 pm
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Condolences...

...and prayers to all families involved.
Please refrain from the comments about factors involved in the accident. It's insensitive and furthermore, the above post can be read as if you are addressing the parents of the other kids in the car. I get that you are trying to share a message and save more lives, but it's still fresh and while the family may not be on here, other people may and it's just being respectful.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/09/14 - 06:48 pm
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God bless
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Ms. Reid's soul.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/10/14 - 12:17 am
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Whyme, I don't see any

Whyme,
I don't see any comments above yours.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/10/14 - 12:45 am
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The funeral home guestbook is

The funeral home guestbook is the appropriate place for meaningful condolences. That is where family and friends see them, not here where it is primarily the same crew who read and/or comment.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 01/10/14 - 07:44 am
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this is a terrible terrible
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this is a terrible terrible tragedy that may have been avoided had she been wearing her seat belt...my deepest condolences go out to all families involved, but just how many of these "grief counselor" visits will it take to these (mostly) high schools before these kids realize that there IS a reason the seat belts are installed in vehicles.......such a sad unnecessary tragedy....

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KellyJW 01/10/14 - 08:45 am
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why weren't the students told about the special counselors?

My daughter was very distraught that her best friend Helen had died in a car crash. When a friend of my daughter's was seen crying she was sent to the school psychologist. When that friend recommended that my daughter see the school psychologist, which my daughter desperately needed, she was only contacted by her regular counselor that just started this semester after the last one moved on to another school. This person she was seen by was not a grief counselor. When my daughter returned home from school and I asked her about her day she said she didn't even know there were any other counselors there that day or that the school had a psychologist.

curly123053
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curly123053 01/10/14 - 08:59 am
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Sad !

I am hearing that one of the boys passed away last night. A lot of folks upset on facebook about him passing. Prayers to all involved.

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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 10:23 am
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Will we be praying in the classroom? Are pastors welcome?
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Will we be praying in the classroom? Are pastors welcome?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/10/14 - 10:24 am
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Will death be discussed as more than a clinical event?
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Will death be discussed as more than a clinical event?

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IWash 01/10/14 - 09:04 pm
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Helen.

I went to school with Helen. Her voice was amazing. She was always so bright and sweet. Everyoone was so upset and a lot of us still are. We miss her so much. My that angel fly as high as she can. She deserved better than this planet anyway.

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