Broad Street student dies
by Courtney Warren
Dec 12, 2013 | 3173 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Dec. 10 Broad Street High School faced the unexpected when one of its students became ill during class and died.

Courtney Harris, a 10th-grader, was that student.

According to North Bolivar School District Superintendent Jesse King, "She took ill at school and the grandparents were notified and came. The ambulance arrived and she passed at Bolivar Medical Center."

After the student's death the school and school district has worked diligently to provide support for the staff and students.

"We were very well supported upon the incident occurring at Broad Street. Grief counselors from mental health centers, adjacent school districts, ministers throughout the county, and the board of trustees from this district were present to work with both staff and students," said King.

After the loss of one of their peers, King said the students in all grades are working even harder in their academics to graduate in her memory.

"The students are very moved along with the staff about this incident having occurred.

"All of them have committed themselves to taking her life across the goal in the sense that they are going to commit to increase academics, completing their graduation plans, all in her memory and support the family with every positive thing they can come up with.

"I would like to thank everyone on behalf of the North Bolivar School District and the family for their continual support and blessings," said King.

Tommy Molden, Broad Street High School principal, who was in the classroom when Harris became ill, said they are working hard to make sure the students and staff are supported.

"We've had counselors from all over and if there is anything I can say I would like to say thank you to all of those counselors that came in from neighboring schools and agencies.

"We've been encouraging to students and staff and trying to get days back to as normal as possible and we still have counselors on call. It's been tough."

According to Nate Brown, Bolivar County coroner, an autopsy is pending and a cause of death is not known at this time.

Funeral arrangements are also unknown at this time.