Students and Faculty Grieve Loss of Haley Nellum


Published 04/02 2014 01:57PM

Updated 04/02 2014 02:13PM

Bishop Dwenger Sophomore Haley Nellum was tragically killed by a drunk driver and now the High School had counselors available to talk with grieving students and faculty.   Administrators also took this time to determine the best way to help students through the mourning process when they return from Spring Break.

"She was always a happy person, and we just laughed all the time.  She had a lot of friends that all love her."

Haley Nellum's mom Laura is right.  Bishop Dwenger Mental Health Counselor Arlene Kuntzman says it will be a long time before students recover from this tragedy.

"For the first hour or two, all I could think is 'oh, this is going to affect everyone at school, it's going to be so hard'."

The hallways are empty at Bishop Dwenger but officials know the loss of one of their classmates is going to be felt deeply by students when they return from Spring Break.

"Anytime a family member dies, I always talk about this place being a family.  We need to be there for everybody."

Principal Jason Schiffli says this close knit high school will have buses taking classmates to the funeral on Monday.

"We are going to be in session on Monday, only to give that greater support that we can give and to be a family.  As I mentioned, it comes back to being a family, so we can all be together."

Along with counseling, the school will have other things to help students heal.

"Give the teachers some suggestions of things to do in the classroom to help the students express their grief and comfort one another."

They also have students putting together a memory book and sympathy notes to the family.  Haley's sister Heather is a Freshman at the school.

"You would have through they were twins.  They did everything together from the time Heather was born.  Everyone would tell you for them to get along so well together and not fight, wasn't common."

"Her life was taken, she was innocent and so young.  It makes it very difficult."

Haley's funeral will take place next Monday, April 7th, and Bishop Dwenger will have additional counselors on Monday April 7th and Tuesday April 8th for students as they return from Spring Break and are grieving over this loss.

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