School reaches out to another touched by tragedy

CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — On the wall of the cafeteria is a message that stretches beyond a banner and has bonded two communities.

“You just don’t face this on your own,” says Tecumseh Superintendent Bradley Martin.

As students at Tecumseh High School deal with last week’s crash on Ridge Road that killed three teens, they’re getting support from across the area.

One school in particular has reached out, Bellbrook High School, which had three of its students killed in a crash in 2012.

The school sent a banner with both schools logos on it that was signed by Bellbrook students.

“You rely on each other,” Martin says. “You become a community.”

Because of spring break, Monday was students’ first day back since the crash happened.

They were greeted by a flag at half staff.

Grief counselors were on hand and an assembly was held to talk about the crash.

“I think there’s a shocking reality when they went to class and kids weren’t in the seats they were supposed to be,” Martin says. “It’s very sad.”

In the meantime, the investigation continues into the crash.

It has yet to be determined which teen was driving and how fast the car was going.

We called the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol to ask about those details.

Troopers say it could be weeks still before the investigation is finished.

When we asked them why, they said since no charges will stem from this crash other investigations will get priority over this one. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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