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Counseling offered for classmates of student killed

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville Middle School offered grief counseling Friday afternoon for classmates of a seventh-grader who died Thursday in a farming accident.

Superintendent Angela Hannahs said they offered counseling to all middle school students from 1-4 p.m.

She said they planned to reassess later Friday about whether they would need to expand the sessions to additional dates.

“We’re going to see what our turnout was like today and reassess from there,” she said, adding that as of 2 p.m. she was unsure how many students had utilized the service.

Hannahs said the school community wanted to pull together and do what they could to help the students.

“In times like this we come together as a community and support one another. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to the family of the seventh grade student,” she said.

According to published reports, the 13-year-old boy died Thursday at his family’s farm in Noble County.

The report states that the teenager was using a side-by-side vehicle to tend to cattle when he came across an uneven area of ground, causing the vehicle to roll over.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for the family. The fundraiser is listed under “Alan Craker Memorial.”

“The Barnesville community had a tremendous loss and we are gathering support financially for the family to help with expenses! Please keep the family in your prayers and consider making a donation to help in this difficult time,” the page states.

As of Friday afternoon, the fund had raised $34,785 of its $40,000 goal.

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