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Principal offers thanks for support

Dear Editor,

Thomson High School would like to express its sincere appreciation for the support provided to our students and staff during the recent loss of senior Amber Hinton.

Amber was a beloved part of our school and community and will be sorely missed; however, the spirit of fellowship and cooperation displayed in McDuffie County during this tragedy show the true character of our students and citizens.

The THS administration would like to thank the individuals who supported our students and staff during this difficult period. Among these were many local ministers including Rev. John Prater, Rev. David Lambert, Rev. Bruce Poss, Rev. David Harbeson, Rev. Mike Timmerman and Rev. Darnell Brantley. We are also grateful for the support of the entire McDuffie County School System, including the other principals and faculties who shared in this loss. We are particularly grateful to Thomson Middle School for sharing counselors Glenn Short and Heather Bowers with the THS students. Your concern, empathetic listening, and words of comfort were very important to beginning the journey toward healing.

Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the THS faculty and staff. On their day off, counselors Sheron Finnerty and Jane Jones, along with administrators, gathered with Superintendent Dr. Mark Petersen to plan for the students' return on Tuesday. Special appreciation is also due to Joyce Shurling and the department chairs, who began notifying staff members of this news immediately. Appreciation is due to the faculty members who also arrived early on Tuesday to show their support for the student body.

The Senior Class of 2007 also showed its character by organizing a candlelight vigil in memory of Amber. Many of these students attended her funeral, a testimony to the impact of her life.

Though there is no human explanation for death and while we still grieve, we are thankful for the time we shared with Amber. We hope that the community will continue to keep the Hinton family and the families of the other students involved in this accident in its prayers.

With appreciation,

Rudy Falana, Principal

Web posted on Thursday, September 14, 2006

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