Counseling Offered After Traffic Deaths

Deer Park High School is offering community counseling after the deaths of four Deer Park High School students and one graduate in two car crashes in 10 days.

The four students died Saturday night in a two-car crash southwest of Deer Park at Glen Grove-Staley and Swenson roads.

Joshua Speck, 17; Richard “Joe” Schamp, 16; and John Kelly, 17, would have been seniors this fall. Dustin Robison, 15, would have been a sophomore.

The graduate, William Palmer, 18, died July 5 after his car ran off a road in Idaho.

“It’s been a severe loss, a real tragedy,” said Glenys Hill, superintendent of the Deer Park School District. “We realize that things won’t be quite the same.”

On Sunday, the district decided to offer counseling. Four people had called into the district at 276-5051 to talk to counselor Glenn Poland as of Tuesday.

Hospice of Spokane has also offered to do follow-up counseling with the families of the victims.

Once the school year starts, the district plans to confront the grief and focus on healing. Hospice will probably help.

“We will deal with it when the school year starts,” Hill said. “It’s been a real, real tragic interlude for us.

“You just don’t move on easily after something like this.”

, DataTimes

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