Lawrence County High School students are mourning the death of a classmate and friend. Thomas Allen collapsed on the school’s football field after school Tuesday.
Classes at the high school were canceled Wednesday to allow students to cope with Allen’s death.
However, when classes resume, students will be faced with the reality of losing a classmate.
Students decorated signs to hang throughout the school honoring Allen as a memorial.
“It’s always difficult to lose anyone but to lose someone at this young age is extremely difficult and traumatic for the students,” said Heath Grimes, Lawrence County Schools Superintendent.
The sophomore spent hours on the football field. Last school year, Allen suited up and played on the Red Devils team. School officials say it’s in that same area where Allen spent his last few moments alive doing what he loved, playing with friends before he collapsed.
“It just tells us how fragile life is, and that this is a young man walking around who seemed to be perfectly healthy and in a matter of minutes he was unresponsive, no signs there was anything wrong,” said Grimes.
A young life taken too soon. School officials say students and friends should not dwell on the way Allen died, and always honor the way Allen lived.
If you would like to help cover the burial and funeral costs for Allen, a memorial fund has been set up at any Bank Independent branch. You can also drop off donations at Lawrence County High School.