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EUREKA, MO (KTVI) - A teacher at Eureka High School was killed in an accident outside the school early this afternoon. A Rockwood School District spokesman confirms to Fox 2 News they are grieving the loss of study hall teacher William Gillespie. The district had no further comment and forwarded additional questions to the Eureka Police Department. A spokesman at the police department referred questions to the chief, who was unavailable for comment late this afternoon.
Students from the district have taken to Twitter this afternoon with a steady stream of condolences to the man’s family. They have described him as a study hall teacher at Eureka High School and have also referred to him as a coach. Rockwood Schools could not confirm the man coached any teams at the high school. Most of the students' tweets described him as a popular teacher, respected by many students.
This is the latest tragedy to strike the Eureka High School family in less than a year. 17-year-old Kathleen Oliver and her 18-year-old sister Lauren Oliver were killed August 2013 in a car accident right before the start of the school year.
RIP Mr.Gillespie. You were the nicest guy that I have ever met and the coolest study hall teacher. You will never be forgotten #eurekastrong