Northwood High community in mourning after 2 students, recent grad die within days

27 June 2022

— The community around Northwood High School in Pittsboro is mourning the deaths of three young people after each died in the span of a week.

Chatham County Schools confirmed the death of all three, with two of them being current students and another being a recent graduate.

On June 16, Christian Poteat died in an accidental drowning just weeks after graduating. Last Tuesday, Cassandra Sibrain, a sophomore, died in a car crash.

Tony Keck, a freshman, was hit by a car while riding his ATV on June 23.

A release from the school system said all three had bright futures. CCS are providing support for students and staff, making counselors available.

“Our primary concerns are with the families of the students we have lost and our CCS community. These three students, and the two we lost in the fall, have left a huge hole in the Northwood family,” said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. “We mourn the loss of bright futures, friendships and family that these students had. Please reach out for help if you need it during this sorrowful time.”

A funeral for Sibrian was held on Friday.

“I am concerned about helping our Northwood family through this,” said Principal Dr. Bradford Walston. “To lose so many of our family in a year is incredibly difficult. There are supports in place for anyone who needs them. Please reach out.”

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