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School Returns to Classes Without Beloved Teacher

11/12/2012


Makeshift memorial for Jennifer Longworth at Southwest Elem. School (wibc.com photo by Mike Wilson)

It is a tragic loss for the Greenwood community. A makeshift memorial marks the memory of Jennifer Longworth, a teacher at Southwest Elementary School.

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The second grade teacher and her husband, John Dion died Saturday night after a massive explosion rocked a neighborhood on the southside of Indianapolis. Eight others were injured in the blast and ensuing fire, which displaced at least 200 people.

Greenwood Schools Superintendent David Edds says counseling will be available for teachers and students. He said, "We have some teachers that were extremely close with Jennifer.  They worked together on grade level teams and in other committee work."

Edds says he is still in shock over the loss as well. "There's gonna be a huge gap in the family here and it's something...I don't know if we'll be able to recover from it for a while," he said. "But we've gotta move forward because our mission is to help kids grow and unfortunately this is part of that growth process."

Greenwood schools opened  two hours later than normal today (Monday) to allow staff time to prepare for how they will talk to students about what happened. Meanwhile, many volunteers are lending a helping hand to the blast victims.

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» Damage from South Side Explosion Estimated at $3.6 Million (11-11-12)
» Explosion Kills Two in South Side Neighborhood (11-11-12)

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