[27 NOV 00]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Students Weep As
They Recall 'Enthusiastic' Friends
of the five teenagers killed in Friday’s tragedy clung to each
other and wept today as they tried to describe what the loss meant
an emotional press conference held in Nuneaton the students from
King Edward VI college mourned the loss of their colleagues.
and students have agreed to keep the college open as it tries to
come to terms with the deaths of the five lads in Friday’s
accident in Astley Lane.
of the students were due to attend Jonathon Roberts’ birthday
party. The accident happened as the boys went to look at the venue
during their lunch hour.
principal Keith Butterworth said:
are a small, close knit college and we all know each other very
well. A tragedy on this scale almost defies belief. We are
stunned, shattered and so very upset.
is impossible for us to imagine how the families of the five
young men, James Adam, Jonathan, Alex and Craig are feeling and
a college we have so many staff, students, parent and governors
whoa re upset almost beyond words.
once, in my professional life, I am finding it difficult to
gather appropriate words together to describe my feelings.
would like to express our deepest sorrow and pass on heartfelt
condolences to the five families.
will greatly miss the students and their presence around the
college. They were each studying A-levels and had the world in
front of them. A nicer group of friends would be difficult to
Pam Ashton said tributes had been pouring in from staff, students
and parents since the accident.
said one of the group had told a member of staff “Don’t forget
to live life to the full,” shortly before leaving college. She
phrase sums them all up so well – they were ‘enthusiastic
college is offering help in dealing with bereavement to staff and
students. The college will be closed on Friday as a mark of
respect, and plans for a remembrance service are being considered.
A book of condolences is also being started.
investigators are still carrying out inquiries to try and
establish what caused the crash at 1.50pm.
said today that the road surface was “greasy”, but would not
speculate on the exact circumstances.
[27 NOV 00] FIVE TEENAGERS
KILLED IN HORRIFIC CRASH
[27 NOV 00] COMMENT
MAKE AMENDS FOR CRASH FRENZY