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Students remember classmates following plane crash
This week, the traditional Carroll green is being replaced with a different color.
Students at Carroll Middle School and Carroll Senior High School are wearing maroon in honor of two of their classmates, who, along with two family members, died Saturday in a plane crash in Van Zandt County.
Paul Ledet, 17, was a junior at Carroll Senior High School. His brother, 13-year-old Mason, was an eighth-grader at Carroll Middle School.
They, along with their father, 60-year-old Leonard Ledet, and his brother, 62-year-old Gregory Ledet, were in a Beech A-36 single-engine plane when it crashed.
Peter Knudson of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the plane had left Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke and was headed to Athens. He said it was diverted to Terrell because of bad weather and that the crash happened during the diversion. Knudson said the family’s ultimate destination was Mississippi.
Leonard Ledet was a dentist with an office in Southlake. Gregory Ledet was from Keller.
Students wore maroon to school to show support for the students who were big Texas A&M fans. Julie Thannum, Carroll ISD spokeswoman, said students may wear maroon ribbons the rest of the week as well.
Thannum said staff members and counselors were notified of the incident Sunday to be available for students when they returned to school Tuesday.
“Counselors were available for students who felt the need to talk,” Thannum said. “The grief process is different for everyone.”
Thannum said the district also resumed a normal schedule Tuesday.
“Normalcy is important when handling grief, so we stayed on schedule,” Thannum said.
Thannum said the students and local youth ministers will host a community vigil for the students tonight at Dragon Stadium. She said it will take place about 15 minutes after the conclusion of the Homecoming pep rally, close to 9 p.m.
Thannum also said Carroll Senior High School and Carroll Middle School are putting together a memory book of the students to give to the family.
“It was a tough day,” Thannum said. “This was a huge loss for the Dragon family.”
The Ledet family released the following statement: “The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers – particularly the prayers – during this difficult time. They ask that you please respect their privacy as they grieve the loss of their loved ones."