School mourns loss of student killed Thurs.

ONAWAY — Onaway Area Schools Superintendent Rod Fullerton said the school and community is saddened after the tragic accident that killed Alexia LaHaie.

LaHaie, 17, died Thursday morning as the result of a traffic accident.

“Today things are still pretty rough with kids and staff. We have extra counselors,” Fullerton said. “We brought some crisis dogs from Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response to comfort kids and staff.”

He said LaHaie was a great, hardworking kid.

“Our entire community is hurting right now. We have lost the life of a very promising young woman. Lexie was a student who had a few obstacles in her life that she overcame with courage and pride,” he said in a statement.

She also was a dedicated person to whatever she committed herself to, he said.

“She was a member of our robotics team, drama club, band, and many other groups where she always did as much as she could do to make everything happen,” he said.

She will be missed dearly, Fullerton said.

“Our hearts are simply broken,” he said. “But right now, our jobs must be to support her family. They need all of the support, kindness, respect, and love that we can lift up and give to them. That is what a strong community does, and that is our plan.”

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.