"Your heart goes out to the dad in the first place, but then to lose your kids," said Don Smelser, principal of Travis Elementary School where the two oldest children were enrolled.
...Of Tyler, Smelser said, "He's a very bright, smart student.
said that at the family's request, the school waited to tell the students until the accident was publicized.He
said counselors were to be available Monday to help children understand the tragedy.
"The kids who were in that classroom knew they (mother and children) were leaving town to visit their dad," Smelser
said."Some were asking why they weren't back yet. ... I've called a lot of parents today (Monday).The shock is still going through the neighborhood and the campus."Tyler, in fourth grade, and Ashley, a kindergartner, were enrolled at Travis for only about two months, Smelser said.
said that as teachers and staff were informed of the family's situation there was a common reaction.
"I had a bunch of people walking out and as they left they were saying, 'I know God's got a plan, but I just don't understand it sometimes,' " he