School of missing Bedford County children copes with tragedy - WKRN News 2

School of missing Bedford County children copes with tragedy

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Chloie Leverette and her seven-year-old brother, Gage Daniel were presumed dead after their home was destroyed by a fire Sunday. Chloie Leverette and her seven-year-old brother, Gage Daniel were presumed dead after their home was destroyed by a fire Sunday.
BEDFORD COUNTY, Tenn. -

A small town is still reeling, as the search for two missing children continues.

Nine-year-old Chloie Leverette and her seven-year-old brother, Gage Daniel are still unaccounted for.

Officials originally thought the two had perished with their grandparents in a house fire in Bedford County, on Sunday night.

However, their remains have not been recovered.

The past 72 hours have been especially difficult for the elementary school the children attended, as teachers attempt to explain what is happening.

"Chloie is a mother. Chloie was the mother, she always made sure Gage was okay," said Tim Miller, Community Elementary's principal.

"Gage had a constant smile," he added.

When Miller found out Monday morning two of his students were involved in a fatal house fire, he quickly rallied the faculty and came up with a plan on how best to handle the tragic news.

"The ones where the children were in their class we actually went to the classroom ourselves to try and break the news," said Miller.

Students were also allowed to draw pictures and share memories during class Monday.

Counselors from other schools were brought in and a letter sent home to parents explaining what had happened.

"I don't think it really hit me until Tuesday," Miller told Nashville's News 2, "It's been an emotional roller coaster. I think we're back to that shock stage again."

Wednesday afternoon, the TBI issued an endangered child alert for Chloie and Gage, adding to the confusion over what may have happened to the siblings.

"If they were taken away, who did? I don't know," said Miller, "We really don't know at this point, what to believe."

In light of what's happened, Miller said they are trying to keep things as normal as possible at school, continuing with regular activities like picture day.

The sign in front of Community Elementary school is now a makeshift memorial to the missing siblings.

"My ultimate prayer is they're somewhere and they're safe," said Miller.

Miller also told Nashville's News 2 counselors from the middle and high schools will remain on stand by for any teachers or students who need to talk.

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