Robinson Middle School students mourn loss of classmate

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's been two days since Robinson Middle School lost one of their own.

On Tuesday, an eighth grade girl collapsed during gym class and died later at the hospital.

"It's a process," said Principal Lucas Levar. "It's a day-by-day process."

What's made that pain more difficult is the fact that no one knows how she died. Levar says she wasn't taking part in strenuous exercise and didn't have a history of health problems.

"They're nervous, because they don't know what happened. We don't know all of the details, the exact cause of death," Levar added.

Despite the uncertainty, however, the school is becoming closer than ever before.

"The first day there was a lot of hugs, a lot of tears, a lot of cries but at the same time students started to share good stories," Levar continued. "And so today they showed up in masses. It was a sea of blue at our school."

Thursday students wore blue, the girl's favorite color. Counselors have come in, banners have been hung, and businesses as far as Fayetteville have called in their support.

"It's touching, exciting to see theme coming together like this," Levar said. "With the community of the students, it's each day getting a little better."

That recovery can be summed up in one interaction. While the principal was walking through campus Thursday, he came across a younger student that saw Tuesday's events and Levar asked how she was doing. With a small smile from the corner of her mouth she said "a little better than yesterday" before giving him a hug.

The Pulaski County Sheriff Office and middle school haven't released the student's name yet.



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