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Elementary students grieve loss of classmate

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Students and staff at Southside Elementary grieved the loss of an 11-year-old classmate who had been killed in an accident Thursday night, but they also remembered him for the energetic and compassionate boy he was.

Cameron Briot was a fifth-grader at the school and part of "Team Discovery."

Teachers and students remembered him as "a very loving child and very quick to give a hug."

Principal Jeff Backmeyer said administrators met last night into the morning and sent information to families and teachers through an email list. The letter provided the basic factual information and let them know what resources would be available at school.

Five counselors — four from other elementary schools in the district — were available to talk with students, and Backmeyer said they were being utilized.

Investigators said Cameron was driving a four-wheeler, coming out of a field on County Road 200W north of County Road 100N, when the all-terrain vehicle collided with a southbound motorcyclist, according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher.

For more on this story, see Saturday's Republic.

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