Whitnall High School students grieve after classmate killed in bike crash

CREATED May 20, 2013 - UPDATED: May 20, 2013

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  • Video by wtmj.com


NEW BERLIN - The community at Whitnall High School is grieving after learning a freshman there was killed while riding her bike in New Berlin over the weekend. 

Students at Whitnall High were wearing red Monday, while the girls soccer team was to wear armbands at their game to remember teammate Brittany Barnstable.

The 15-year-old girl from Greenfield was crossing South Sunny Slope Road just south of Greenfield Avenue Saturday evening when an SUV hit her. 

She was taken to the hospital, and she died there Sunday. 

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Barnstable family today," said Blake Seyferth, a senior at Whitnall, to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

"The word of mouth kind of got around for everyone to wear red today for Brittany...I wore my red for her."

Students turned to Twitter, using the hashtag #RedForBrittany.

District Superintendent Lowell Holtz said they've made contact with parents to help explain how their children may be grieving.

"Every person has a different way of handling it...what's the best way to cope with the loss, move forward and try to make someting positive out of it?" said Holtz to 620WTMJ's Jodi Becker.

"Everyone experiences it differently.  Reactions can include denial, anger, sadness, anxiety, fear, confusion, inability to concentrate, difficulty sleeping, guilt.  We basically told the kids that counselors and staff are ready to assist them."

Police say at this point it doesn't appear alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

According to police, the driver of the SUV stopped at the scene.