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Family and school mourn loss of West Valley senior

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West Valley High School was ready with a crisis team when their students arrived this morning, just three days after senior Jeremy McSpadden died in a tragic accident at the Incredible Corn Maze. West Valley High School was ready with a crisis team when their students arrived this morning, just three days after senior Jeremy McSpadden died in a tragic accident at the Incredible Corn Maze.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

West Valley High School was ready with a crisis team when their students arrived this morning, just three days after senior Jeremy McSpadden died in a tragic accident at the Incredible Corn Maze.

McSpadden was killed when a bus carrying participants in a corn maze game rolled over him.

The crisis team is made up of counselors from around Spokane Valley, and trained school administrators. The goal is to make sure no student's grief goes unnoticed – to make sure every student gets the help he or she needs.

“It was an incredibly mature response to the grieving process,” Principal John Custer said of his students. “Everyone is a little different. We were prepared for those scenarios.”

West Valley High School has now lost three students in the past six months. Ryan Holyk, a freshman, died after being struck by a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy in May. And last week, Michael Corder, who graduated in the spring, died after a head-on collision in Spokane Valley.

“There's definitely overlap,” Principal Custer said. “But every situation is different and you have to be ready for that.”

KHQ also heard from Jeremy's family.

Haley and Ariel McSpadden say their family is devastated, left with memories of their late cousin, and 18 year old who always smiled, and always wanted to help.

“He would do anything for you,” Ariel McSpadden said. “If you needed a shoulder to cry on, he was there.”

“It can't be explained. All we can do is live our lives to the fullest for him.”

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