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Milford CA Students Return To School After Principal's Death

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MILFORD, Del. – It was the first day back for Milford Central Academy without their beloved principal, after she and her daughter were tragically killed in a crash on Friday.

"It was very somber," says Dr. Sylvia Henderson, director of student support for the Milford School District.

"A lot of emotion today, says Marvin Schelhouse, president of the Milford School District Board of Education.

Dr. Henderson says both Milford Central Academy and Milford High School held a moment of silence on Monday for Dr. Tricia Martin and her 10-year-old daughter Taryn, and the assistant principals' read a short statement read over the intercom. She was notified hours after the crash on Friday and early Saturday morning, the district's crisis team met to formulate a plan. The district decided to bring their crisis team, Delaware's mobile crisis team, and Delaware's victim services team. Dr. Henderson says they also talked with the schools' counselors and psychologists for students and staff that may need help prior to returning to school on Monday.

"This relives some memories of maybe a lost loved one or maybe someone that is critically ill," says Dr. Henderson. "These types of situations can trigger serious emotional issues, and we really just have to have wraparound services and support each other as best as we can."

For district officials like Dr. Henderson, it's a process of juggling between administrative matters, and grieving over the loss of loved ones.

"You relive a lot of those memories, and then there's the professional side of you that has to build for the community the school the staff the students," says Dr. Henderson. "Trish was just such an amazing person, such a good friend, such a great listener, a wealth of fun. I just loved her love of life and her zest for education learning and just being a super wonderful person."

Taryn was a student at W.B. Simpson Elementary School in the Caesar Rodney School District, and a friend of Dr. Henderson's daughter.

"A phenomenal, beautiful, talented little girl, she was a wonderful soccer player, "says Dr. Henderson. "She is an amazing friend, she loved animals, she will be missed. I'm sure her classmates are taking this very hard as well."

"My two granddaughters that go to the academy also got to know her, she was a sweet girl and intelligent, and had a bright future," says Schelhouse.

Dr. Henderson says Monday went very smoothly given the circumstances. With the funeral and viewing coming up on Friday and Saturday, Schelhouse says he is worried for his staff members.

"That's going to be even worse. Tricia was known by everybody and all the staff in our six schools."

Dr. Henderson says the district's crisis team and Delaware's mobile crisis team will be at the Milford Central Academy and Milford High School the rest of the week, and Delaware Victim Services will be on standby.

Delaware State Police say the fatal crash is still under investigation.

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