Claxton High School releases statement after student dies in I-16 wreck

Claxton High School releases statement after student dies in I-16 wreck

CLAXTON, GA (WTOC) - WTOC has learned one of the victims that lost their life in the I-16 fatal wreck Tuesday afternoon was a 10th grade student at Claxton High School.

Brittanie Altman, 16, of Claxton was killed in the accident.

On Wednesday, Georgia State Patrol released the names of all five of the victims.

The flag outside hung at half staff at Claxton High School. Most students already knew when they got to school that Altman and former student Virgil Moody were among those killed in a crash on I-16 Tuesday. School leaders knew many would be hurting.

"We have a team of counselors and some local pastors who are gathered together to help our grieving students and teachers as well," Principal Justin Russell said.

Russell praised Brittanie as a student who was always respectful and Virgil as quiet, and said both were extremely loyal to their circle of friends.

The day before she died, Brittanie quoted a poem by Henry Scott Holland, "Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room," and "Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me."

Russell said schools do their best to prepare whatever comfort they can give.

"I don't know if there's ever a good way to prepare for something like this. It's a tragedy whenever someone dies, but especially at this young age," he said.

Claxton High School released a statement on the tragic loss.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of one of our students and we extend our condolences to the Altman family. This is the second CHS student who has died in an automobile accident this year. We have a team of counselors and pastors available for grieving students and staff. Once again our school and community will come together to not merely mourn the loss, but to celebrate the life that was lived."

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