Students at an Olathe high school are grieving the loss of two classmates over the weekend, and district officials are offering counseling to devastated students.
Ciara Webb, 16, reportedly committed suicide in her home Friday afternoon. “We will forever miss her contagious smile and personality that lit up the entire field and everything around her,” her obituary in the Kansas City Star reads.
Her friend and soccer teammate, Cady Housh, tweeted it was the “worst weekend of my f—king life” when she heard the news. She also posted a video on Instagram of the two of them, with a caption saying, “soccer season will never be the same without you.” Two days later, Housh died from injuries sustained after stepping in front of an oncoming train.
Students were told of Housh’s death during second period Monday, while they were already dealing with Webb’s suicide. The school brought in grief counselors to help students process the loss, and the principal sent a letter to parents urging them to have a serious conversation with their children. Many students left class that day to deal with their emotions at home.
On Tuesday, students and faculty gathered for a candlelit vigil to remember Webb and Housh. “I hope the kids and parents who gather felt they’ve honored these kids’ lives,” Rev. Nanette Roberts, who organized the vigil, told the Kansas City Star. “The best way to honor them is to choose to stay alive.”