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Published October 18, 2010, 12:11 PM

Two Fargo schools in mourning in wake of deadly crash

FARGO - Two Fargo schools were in mourning this morning in the wake of a weekend crash that left a Fargo South High School student dead.

By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM

FARGO - Two Fargo schools were in mourning this morning in the wake of a weekend crash that left a Fargo South High School student dead.

Superintendent Rick Buresh said there were students from both South and North High School in the car that skidded off a street in north Fargo and hit a tree, resulting in the death of 17-year-old Tyler Tweten.

“We do have a crisis team at each of our schools,” Buresh said. “I would say both schools are in mourning right now.”

South Principal Todd Bertsch said the school’s crisis planning team met Sunday night and put together a statement read by teachers during Period 2 this morning. The statement reminded students that everyone grieves differently and that support is available.

“It’s a sad day, there’s no doubt about that, given the loss of Tyler,” Bertsch said. “It’s a sad day.”

No extra counselors were sent to the high schools, though extra personnel will be brought in “at a moment’s notice” if needed, Buresh said.

The crash occurred about 1:08 a.m. Saturday when the driver, a 16-year-old girl, was heading north on Seventh Street North and tried to turn left onto 11th Avenue North and the car skidded into a tree.

The driver, Tweten and an 18-year-old male were taken to Sanford Health, where Tweten died of his injuries.

The third male passenger, a 17-year-old, fled the scene, but police tracked him down and his mother took him to Sanford, police said. He did not appear to be injured, police said.

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