Tuesday, June 19, 2018

“These kids were a part of our community and part of our lives for a time”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"In 2014, the community suffered a traumatic shock after siblings Lexi Munroe, 8, and Sean Munroe, 7, died after being trapped inside a hope chest. On Tuesday, Sean would be graduating from the fifth grade at Davis Thayer Elementary. 
On Monday morning, the day before Davis Thayer’s fifth-grade “stepping up” ceremony, 38 pink lawn flamingos were bunched up on a field nearby where the children would get their graduation certificates. 
The plastic bird flock is part of an effort to raise money for a scholarship in the name of the Munroe children, but they took it a step further this time - a flamingo was planted for each of the 37 students who were graduating, but added one more to represent their classmate, Sean, whom they lost four years ago. 
But the birds won’t be at the ceremony; the group has been asked to remove them. The siblings’ aunt, Kristin Williams, said the administration told them that rehashing their deaths might be emotionally harmful for the students."

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