CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2008 |
The writing assignment at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale on Monday was an exercise in group catharsis. The school's grief-shattered staff asked students to write condolence letters to the family of head counselor Ron Grace, who was among the victims of the Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth on Friday. "Everyone was just so sad," said Tatevik Sarkisian, 13, an eighth-grader at the school. "We lost a really good person," added her friend and classmate, Meline Teroganisian, also 13. It was a sad day at many Southern California schools, as students, teachers and administrators struggled with the loss of parents, staff and alumni in the crash, which claimed 25 lives.