As an autopsy was conducted on 7-year-old Karlee Byler Monday, her classmates at West Goshen Elementary returned to school to find crisis teams on hand.
Byler was shot to death Friday night when a gun fell out of her dad’s pocket and fired, hitting her in the head. According to Goshen Police, the coroner ruled on Monday that Karlee’s death was accidental. But for the school community she leaves behind, coping with the loss is overwhelming.
Dr. Alan Metcalfe, West Goshen Elementary’s principal, says his crisis team started meeting Friday night at 7 after learning of Karlee’s death.
“It’s something we have a plan for. It’s not something we’ve ever had to put in place,” Metcalfe said of the crisis team being activated.
Extra counselors from other Goshen schools were on hand Monday and pastors were on-call if needed. And they were needed.
“We’ve started to have students come down to the office with stomach aches and sadness and that kind of thing,” Metcalfe observed by midday Monday.