- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

TIOGA, La. (AP) - Grief counselors will be on two campuses in Tioga when students return to school Friday in the wake of a fatal traffic accident involving students.

The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/Mz8ADV ) seven students from the Ball, Pineville and Pollock areas were involved in a one-vehicle crash that left two dead Monday night. State police say five other teens were injured. Police say none was wearing a seatbelt.

Troopers say a Jeep, traveling at a high rate of speed, ran off the road and hit a tree.

Killed were Logan Cameron Ammons, 17, of Ball, and Christian LaVallie, 15, of Ball.

Kim Bennett, deputy assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and former principal of Tioga High, said standard procedure for the district in the loss of students is to provide extra counselors at affected schools.

“We’ve been hit hard this year,” Bennett said, referring to student losses across the district.

Students at Alexandria Senior High and Holy Savior Menard Central High died in separate car wrecks in the same weekend in November. An Oak Hill High senior died from the H1N1 strain of influenza this month.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com