A farmer’s son who was killed in a hit-and-run crash is among five children who have been allowed back to their rural community, and the school is getting ready to reopen.
Whiteford Agricultural College will reopen Wednesday after being closed for several months.
It’s the first time in nearly a decade that the school has returned to the community, which was devastated by the December 2014 death of 16-year-old Brandon Koppel.
Koppels body was found by his father on the road outside the school.
In an interview with WJLA, Whiteford President Andrew Whiteford said, “It’s a wonderful day for the community.
It was the first school to reopen in a while.”
A small town of about 2,000 people, Whitefield has long struggled with poverty, drug abuse and unemployment.
The area has suffered from a heroin overdose epidemic that has left more than 20 people dead.
The state of Virginia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have placed funding in the governor’s emergency budget to help help improve the lives of people living in Whiteford.
Whitehouse said he hopes to find ways to make Whiteford more welcoming to people.
The town was devastated when Kopples death, which authorities have not determined a cause, prompted a lockdown in the area.
The lockdown was lifted the next day.