2 Spotsylvania High School students killed in car crash

- Two brothers heading on their way to attend class at Spotsylvania High School were killed in a single-vehicle crash in Caroline County Thursday morning.

According to Virginia State Police, 18-year-old Ian Brown and 15-year-old Jalen Brown were in a 2003 Jeep Liberty that ran off the road and struck two trees. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened at around 7:18 a.m. near the intersection of Ladysmith Road and County Line Church Road.

Both brothers were wearing their seat belts, police say.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Grief counselors are being provided at Spotsylvania High School. Principal Russell Davis sent out this letter to parents on Thursday:

"Dear Parent/Guardian:

It is with much sadness we share that two of our students, died this morning in a car accident. The Spotsylvania High School leadership team is working closely with the counseling staff to address the concerns of our entire educational community as we cope with this loss. As a parent, you may be struggling with how best to answer questions that may arise from this situation.

Young adults can respond very differently and their reactions will depend on the relationship that they had with the person who has died, their age and their prior experiences with such incidents. Your child may:
  Appear unaffected
  Express feelings of guilt
  Be angry or aggressive
  Be withdrawn or moody
  Be sad or depressed
  Become afraid
  Have difficulty sleeping or eating
  Express suicidal thoughts such as: "I don't want to live" or "I wish I were dead."

The best thing that you can do is to listen and to let your child lead the discussion. When they bring the topic up, it is best to answer their questions honestly.  Normal household and school routines also help young adults to feel that they are safe and this is reassuring. Additional resources about grief can be found by clicking the link "Dealing with Grief & Loss" under "Site Shortcuts" on the Division's website www.spotsylvania.k12.va.us.

Our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time.

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