THE DAILY LEADER / RHONDA DUNAWAY / Enterprise Attendance Center is on holiday break this week, but classes will resume Monday, Jan. 6, as students and staff struggle to deal with the recent tragic loss of a kindergarten class member. The school community is hit doubly hard by the tragedy, since the little girl's mother works at the school.
THE DAILY LEADER / RHONDA DUNAWAY / Enterprise Attendance Center is on holiday break this week, but classes will resume Monday, Jan. 6, as students and staff struggle to deal with the recent tragic loss of a kindergarten class member. The school community is hit doubly hard by the tragedy, since the little girl's mother works at the school.

School, community in sorrow over recent tragedy

Published 11:04am Friday, January 3, 2014

Following the accidental shooting death of 6-year-old Karianna Brumfield at her home Wednesday, Enterprise Attendance Center officials have been contemplating how best to move forward as students prepare for their return to school next week.

Karlianna Brumfield, who attended kindergarten at Enterprise, was accidentally shot Wednesday when her 13-year-old brother was playing with his pellet gun and the gun went off inside the family home, according to Lincoln County Coroner Clay McMorris.

Enterprise Principal Shannon Eubanks said a grief counseling session could be planned before school starts again on Monday, Jan. 6, but that decision will be made “in its own time.”

“In my experience, when it comes to incidents involving grieving and death, it’s important not to be rash and make rushed decisions,” Eubanks said. “We will decide how to handle this in the coming days. Right now, it’s important to note that school will continue as scheduled.”

Making the situation even more heart breaking for the school community is the fact that the little girl’s mother, Kristina Brumfield, is the school counselor at Enterprise Attendance Center.

“In her line of work, Kristina is the person grieving students go to when tragedy occurs,” Eubanks said. “Now, it’s essential for us to provide the counseling, and to be available for the family.”

Thursday morning, Principal Eubanks expressed the prevailing sentiment of the community in a posting on Facebook.

“Enterprise, both the school and the community, is a family. And the Enterprise family is hurting. Words cannot express the sorrow that exists among our students, our faculty and our community for the Brumfields.”

The school community will do everything within their power to respect the wishes of the family, Eubanks said Thursday afternoon.

“We will honor the family during this trying time, and provide Kristina all the time she needs to try and deal with this matter.”

The accidental shooting happened around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Officials with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the matter, and Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said no charges are being filed at this time.

“This is an absolute tragedy, a terrible way to begin the New Year,”

Sheriff Rushing said Thursday regarding the shooting.