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Emotional assembly held at Harleston’s Archbishop Sancroft High School in memory former students Kyle Warren and Dominic O’Neill after Pulham Market crash tragedy

PUBLISHED: 10:53 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:53 19 April 2017

Archbishop Sancroft High School headteacher Richard Cranmer, right, and deputy headteacher Rob Connelly at an assembly held in memory of teenagers Kyle Warren, Dominic O'Neill and Billy Hines, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market, Picture: ARCHBISHOP SANCROFT HIGH SCHOOL

Archbishop Sancroft High School headteacher Richard Cranmer, right, and deputy headteacher Rob Connelly at an assembly held in memory of teenagers Kyle Warren, Dominic O'Neill and Billy Hines, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market, Picture: ARCHBISHOP SANCROFT HIGH SCHOOL

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Friends of three teenagers who died in devastating road crash were visibly moved at an assembly held by their school in memory of those that died.

Richard Cranmer, headteacher at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston, pictured with deputy headteacher Rob Connelly. Both paid their tributes to the teenagers who died in the crash. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTHRichard Cranmer, headteacher at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston, pictured with deputy headteacher Rob Connelly. Both paid their tributes to the teenagers who died in the crash. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

Archbishop Sancroft High School (ASHS) headteacher Richard Cranmer said speaking to all of the school’s 370 students and 40 staff about the deaths of Kyle Warren, Dominic O’Neill and Billy Hines was “one of the most challenging things I’ve had to do as a headteacher”.

The school in Wilderness Lane, Harleston decided to hold the assembly today in response to the public outpouring of grief following the teenagers’ deaths in a single vehicle road crash in Pulham Market during the Easter holiday period.

Two of the students, Dominic and Kyle, were ASHS students.

“This tragedy has, as you would expect, had a huge impact on our community - on the friends and families of these three men,” Mr Cranmer told the pupils.

Kyle Warren, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market, pictured at a wedding. Picture: HELEN ORFORDKyle Warren, who died in a road crash in Pulham Market, pictured at a wedding. Picture: HELEN ORFORD

“When these terrible events happen, it is important that we come together to remember the good times we had with them and to support each other as we come to terms with their loss.”

Although many people have left their tributes on social media in the aftermath of the crash, Mr Cranmer said he felt it was important people had an opportunity to pay their respects in person.

They were also joined by current governors and former members of staff who knew Kyle and Dominic, as well as people from the emergency services who attended the scene of the crash.

“I’m pleased we gave others in our community the chance to take stock of what’s happened,” Mr Cranmer said.

Dominic O'Neill, who died in a crash at Pulham Market. Picture: Norfolk ConstabularyDominic O'Neill, who died in a crash at Pulham Market. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

“They could see how people have been affected and that it means so much to our community.”

A two-minute silence was also held during the assembly.

Mr Cranmer added: “We felt it was important to get together to remember the good times we had with them and support each other to come to terms with their loss.

“A number of the students were clearly visibly moved.

“I found it one of the most challenging things I’ve had to do as a headteacher, to talk to the whole school community about two of our family who we’ve lost.

“It was not an easy thing to do but it was the right thing to do.

“This morning gave everyone the opportunity to think and reflect on what’s happened.”

Mr Cranmer said the school’s biggest concern is now those students who knew Dominic and Kyle best who are still at the school.

Counselling services have been made available for those most affected by what has happened.

In the immediate aftermath of the crash, ASHS opened up for a day during the Easter school holidays to allow students and staff to come together after the deaths of the teenagers and share their memories.

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