‘Each of them were bright lights’: Middleton school administrators share new statement on students’ deaths

Memorial for students killed in a fiery Middleton crash

MIDDLETON, Wis. — Administrators with the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District said in a new statement Monday that the loss of three students killed over the weekend in a fiery crash will have a profound impact on students and staff.

The three students were killed Saturday when their vehicle caught fire after another driver rear-ended the students’ vehicle. Two of the students attended Middleton High School; the other went to West High School and previously attended Middleton High.

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“Our MHS community is heartbroken at the loss of two members of our student body. These students were both wonderful scholars, athletes and human beings,” Middleton High School Principal Peg Shoemaker said in the statement. “Each of them were ‘bright lights’ within our student body: positive, kind, funny, inclusive. The loss of their presence will impact our students and staff profoundly.”

The district and local authorities have not identified the students.

District administrators said they met Sunday to create a plan to support students and staff in the wake of the crash. The district opened the high school’s stadium Sunday evening to give students a place to grieve. The district also plans to provide additional support resources with students including support, calm spaces and other activities.

Dane County authorities are still investigating the crash and have not said if the other driver involved will face charges.