Havelock High teachers, students and former students have been expressing their emotions about the death Friday of math teacher Amanda Lawrence-Lane.
Lawrence-Lane was at the school and collapsed around 10:30 a.m. Friday. She later died at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, according to a statement from Craven County Schools.
Lawrence-Lane was recently married in December to Jeremy Lane, who is reportedly from Greene County, and had a stepson, Alex.
“Mrs. Lawrence had been a valued member of the Havelock High School faculty since 2002,” according to the schools statement. “ … She was a dedicated teacher who cared about her students and colleagues. She will be greatly missed.”
One Havelock High student, Ashley Buffa, wrote a song called “She’s Home” and dedicated it to Lawrence-Lane. She has posted it on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN2yH3zLUMo.
“I was a witness to her death, and it was heartbreaking and traumatizing,” Buffa said online in describing the song. “I had a lot of emotions that I didn’t know how to process, and I needed to express them somehow. I went home and I wrote this song. It really helped me to come to terms with everything. I hope that this song can help other people too with the deaths of loved ones.”
Many others posted comments through Facebook and Twitter.
“You were a great teacher, greatly admired and always loved,” posted Lizzy Ziegler, a 2006 Havelock High graduate. “You will be missed by so many.”
“God Bless Mrs. Lawrence,” posted Demialma Bell. “She went above and beyond for her students and had such a beautiful personality. Rest in peace. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.”
In a phone call alert sent to Havelock High parents, Principal Jeff Murphy said multiple counselors would be at the school Monday when students and staff return to classes. Some students are planning to bring flowers to the school in Lawrence-Lane’s memory.
Midterm exams that had been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been postponed indefinitely. The Havelock High junior varsity and varsity softball teams decided to postpone their scheduled games Friday at South Central in Greenville.
Lawrence-Lane, who was reportedly in her 30s, had worked at the school since 2002 and had most recently taught algebra 2, pre-calculus and advanced math, according to the statement from Craven County Schools.