Havelock High students, staff remember former teacher

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A Havelock High student is consolded by school counselor Angela McCoy-Speight as she breaks down after placing flowers at a memorial to math teacher Amanda Lawrence-Lane on Monday at Havelock High. Lawrence-Lane died on Friday after collapsing at the school.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 06:25 PM.

Tradition holds that students bring apples to their teachers. On Monday at Havelock High School, they brought flowers.

Students created a memorial of flowers, cards and posters to honor former math teacher Amanda Lawrence-Lane, who collapsed at the school Friday and later died. She was 33.

“She was awesome,” junior Amber Beligotti, one of Lawrence-Lane’s students, said as she fought back tears. “She was loving, sweet. She told us don’t put your head down if you don’t get a 100. I struggled (in math) but she helped me a lot.”

She and friend Tracey Poythress found time to visit the memorial, which was placed in the front foyer of the school near the entrance to the cafeteria.

“She helped everybody a lot,” Poythress said of Lawrence-Lane.

Many of the students and staff wore ribbons while others wore purple, Lawrence-Lane’s favorite color. Some students took time to read the notes left at the memorial. Others stood staring, tears rolling down their cheeks, learning a lesson about life and death that’s not in any textbook.

“A lot of students don’t have to deal with death and dying,” Havelock High Principal Jeff Murphy said. “Some have, but for many of them, this is something totally new, so it’s hard for them.”

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