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Puyallup elementary school mourns 7-year-old Charlie Powell

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Feb. 6, 2012 at 9:30 am with 3 Comments »
February 6, 2012 10:55 am

At Carson Elementary School in Puyallup, where 7-year-old Charlie Powell was a first-grader, candles, stuffed animals and other symbols of a school in mourning surrounded a sign near the front entrance.

Marbel Campos and her children, McKenzie and Anthony, a Carson second-grader, placed another candle there.

“It is just devastating,” said Campos, who lives a block from the Powell boys’ grandparents.

Other parents like Damian Davis, whose daughter attends Carson, were unaware that one of the Powell children attended school there.

He said he was shocked by the news.

Inside, staff members gathered together before the start of the school day.

Puyallup School District spokeswoman Karen Hansen said the district was doing what it could to help support students and staff.

She said teachers would try to keep the day as normal as possible for kids.

The district gave teachers a prepared statement to help them talk to kids: “Yesterday Charlie Powell, one of our first grade students, died in a terrible tragedy. He was a nice friendly young man and our Carson family will miss him.”

Neighbors in the Silver Creek area around Carson Elementary may soon be wearing purple ribbons to honor the memory of the Powell children. A local florist has offered to donate them, according to an online posting.

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  1. PolarBear53 says:

    I wish the media would leave the school. They have made all the children become aware of the issue that they didn’t need to be involved with. While we understand the gravity of the events. The media has now made it impossible for us to protect our children from this violent act. The campus looked like a zoo this morning along with the additional police presence. Further then added to more than triple amount of traffic from people outside the area making it a tourist attraction. Some even went as far as to park on the sidewalk near the school thusly blocking children’s access to walk. The events of what took place are tragic we can all agree. But to further esculate the issue is nonsense and immoral and is somewhat harmful to our children. There is a time and place for everything. Right now isn’t the time and Carson is not the place.

  2. I agree that sensational media coverage has hurt our kids
    and country. Look at the mistakes we’ve made since 9/11/01.

  3. Brooklyn Murray says:

    I’m Brooklyn Murray and I’m eleven years old. I used to live in Washington but moved later after the incident. When I was in the first grade I was best friends with Charlie Powell. We were in the same class with Mr. Houston as our teacher. I was devastated when I found out that my best friend had died. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. My mother got a purple ribbon tattoo in memorial of his mother. I had drawn some purple and orange ribbons and put them up in the school for Charlie and his mother. I think that at such a young age that I learned too much of the case, it really hurt me and I think that when stuff like this happens you shouldn’t tell everybody what happened. I went to the memorial at the school and the Charlie run. I still own my Charlie shirt in memorable of him. I loved him and I still do to this day. I miss him everyday. I wish I was just able to say goodbye.

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