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Counselors help Pryor students mourning classmates

Posted at 1:11 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 02:11:27-04

PRYOR, Okla. — A somber mood hangs over Pryor High School.

The student body got the news early this morning - two of their classmates were killed over the weekend in separate accidents.

"Yeah it was pin-drop quiet when I was speaking with the students this morning," said principal Brad Bates.

Principal Bates had counselors on hand Monday to help students cope with the loss of classmates, Bobby Best, and Joshua Curtis.

Bobby played football at Pryor and was involved in Future Farmers of America, but his real passion was motocross.

He died in a collision at a race track near Oklahoma City Saturday night.

"If they were all like him, things would be a whole lot easier to deal with on a daily basis," said Bates.

Curtis was the passenger in a car that hit a tree outside of Pryor. Josh had his seatbelt on but died in the hospital from his injuries.

"Josh was a very respectful student who attended here and we're going to miss him," said Bates.

When a small town like Pryor is forced to deal with this kind of tragedy they lean on their faith.

Southside Christian Church Pastor Rob Raymond spent this morning talking to students and crying with them too.

"You just listen and give them a shoulder to cry on," said Raymond. "When it's two I mean it just magnifies the situation so much more grief."

Principal Bates said he will have all of the district's counselors here at the high school all week. Youth pastors will be here too. They tell me that they'll stay as long as they're needed.

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