Community grief stricken over loss of three teens

CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Students and parents at two Clark County high schools are coping with loss after a deadly crash.

Daniel Tittle, 17, Wesley Culpepper, 15, and Charles Luthe, 16, were killed in a single car crash Wednesday morning around 6:00 a.m. on Ridge Road.

2 NEWS talked with Tittle’s family off-camera. They tell us he was an honor roll student who was once on the wrestling team and wanted to be a marine.

Culpepper also went to Tecumseh.  Clark Shawnee Superintendent Gregg Moore tells me that Luthe was enrolled in a program at Tecumseh through Clark Shawnee High School.

Tecumseh Local Schools’ Crisis Management Team met Wednesday to figure out how to handle this tragedy.

That team includes psychologists, counselors, nurses, administrators and Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Deputy Josh Berner is the DARE officer for Tecumseh schools. He was at that meeting.

“We want to let everyone know that the grievance process, we’re here for them and the school’s here for them,” Deputy Berner.

Superintendent Brad Martin also sent the following statement to 2 NEWS:

“As a district we are grief stricken over the loss of our students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students families. We cannot begin to know what our families and students are going through at this time. The district will provide counseling and support to any student that might need our help.”

Grief counselors will be at Tecumseh High School Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then again from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

They will also be there on Monday when students return from spring break.

Because there are many students out of town, the district has set up a 24-hour hotline through the Rocking Horse Center of Springfield. Students can call (937) 324-1111.

We also talked to the superintendent of Clark Shawnee. He tells us that they will have grief counselors available for students there as well when they return from spring break Monday.

If a student needs to talk to one before then, he or she can call the district office.

Parents tell me they are going to use this tragedy as an opportunity to talk to their kids about the dangers of driving.

“As a parent, I can’t begin to imagine the horrifying to find out that your kid was in accident and is gone. Just talk to your kids. But, you make sure that they understand the consequences of driving because it’s a big responsibility,” one parent tells 2 NEWS.

 

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