MONROE, OH (FOX19) - Grief counselors were at Monroe High School Monday morning as students returned to class after a serious crash hospitalized four classmates on their way to prom, school officials said.
"The kids are dealing with this tragedy in their own individual ways but, at this time, they are leaning on each other," said Monroe Local Schools Superintendent Phil Cagwin. "We are certainly hopeful that the student in the hospital also recovers."
That student remains at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, he said. The other three were treated and released over the weekend.
"Please join our school community in continuing prayers and hope for a full recovery for each student impacted by this accident," he wrote in a letter Sunday to students and parents.
The single vehicle accident was reported about 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 8200 block of Millikin Road, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
A student who was ejected from the vehicle was flown in a medical helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Sheriff Richard Jones said Friday night.
The other three were taken by ambulances to West Chester Hospital, he said.
Their names were not released. They are 16-and-17-years-old, according to Jones.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
"Community members and students have asked how they can help the families at their time of need. We have reached out to them, and one family has asked at this time to refrain from visiting their child at the hospital," Monroe's superintendent wrote in his letter.
"While they appreciate that show of support, they need to focus on their child and immediate family members. In lieu of visiting, they did ask that if people would like to donate gift cards to purchase food for the families, that would be appreciated. You can deliver the gift cards to the high school office between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. We will make sure they are distributed to the family members."