Young students struggle with loss of Lincoln County peers

Young students struggle with loss of Lincoln County peers

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 11:39 PM

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. -- Classmates of two elementary school students killed in a horrible weekend accident are coping with losing their young friends.

Grief counselors spent the day Tuesday at two area schools.

The kindergartners at Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy are having a hard time understanding what happened to their friend.

Principal Sheila Berryhill said, "They know that Chloe had an accident, that she has died and went to heaven."

Six-year-old Chloe Arwood and her cousin, 7-year-old James Caldwell were killed Sunday when they became trapped in a 25-foot-deep pit that caved in on them.

Chloe's classmates have a lot of questions for their teacher, Andrea Caudle.

"Why did Chloe have to go is one, why did she have to die," Caudle shared.

At this small private Christian school, teachers and students are looking to their pastor for answers.

Pastor Jon Mann said, "Most of it is, ‘Is she okay, is she hurting, is she missing her pets?’"

Caudle remembers a curious little girl who loved to read and never me a stranger.

"She was just so full of love and so full of joy, and you just didn't see her in a bad mood,” Caudle recalled, “She was so smart and she loved everybody."
 

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