AUGLAIZE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — Tuesday was the first day back for Waynesfield-Goshen Schools after a spring break tragedy when two of their own were killed in a fire.
Tuesday morning the marquee in front of the school flashed a message of strength as students and staff made their way back from spring break. Ten-year-old Trinity Lhamon and seven-year-old Keelin Doty were killed in an early morning house fire Wednesday.
“Just beautiful girls that were feisty, energetic, very good students,” described Superintendent Chris Pfister.
Jessica Bond was one of the many parents dropping her children off at school. Her first grader knew one of the little girls.
“She knew her from recess and stuff,” said Bond. “They’ve never been in class together, but they knew each other from recess and lunch and stuff.”
The school brought in grief counselors and ministers to help cope with the tragedy.
“I’ve heard my daughter talk about the little girl, so, it kind of makes you feel like you know them,” said Bond.
Pfister said the sisters’ deaths have rocked his district. He said teachers fought back tears for students.
“Children are very perceptive and they’re going to key off of whatever the teachers are doing. Those teachers were very strong and they laid it out,” said Pfister.
Teachers told their classes the two little girls had died, and they spent the day talking through tragedy, coloring, and making cards for the family. While a sense of normalcy starts to return, the superintendent said the girls’ legacy will live on through the district.
“This entire community has just been heartbroken, and they will always remember these young ladies,” said Pfister. “Extremely sad and unfortunate but I think that we’re going to get there.”