Northwest high school students grieving the loss of classmate

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Students at Northwest high school returned to class Tuesday with one less grizzly. 

"This is a huge impact on a small piece of their life that will impact them for the rest of their life," says Stephanie Anderson, with Wichita Public School's Student Support Services 

Anderson says when tragedy strikes in the classroom, it's more important than ever to support students. 

"The kids need to feel safe and valued," she says. 

Grief counselors were at the school Tuesday after a crash killed Junior, Dominick Sublett, and injured two other students during open lunch.

"Those kids just want to be together, they want to sit in little groups. We had big papers on the table where they could color and draw. We had sympathy notes out on the table where they could write to the family," says Anderson. 

The help wasn't just for the students. Anderson says it's equally important for teachers to be taken care of too, so they were also offered counseling and even breaks if they needed one.

Counselors say there isn't a limit to how long they'll be at Northwest high. 

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