Classes resume at Indianapolis Junior Academy after principal, 2 children die in crash


Photo: Joshua Ncube (top left); Norris Ncube (top right); Malia Siziba, Anita Buhle Nkoma, Deon Siziba (from left to right in bottom left photo); Jessica Ncube (bottom right)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 12, 2015) — Indianapolis Junior Academy is re-opening Monday morning. Classes had been canceled there last week after the principal was involved in a deadly car crash.

Family and friends will continue to honor principal Norris Ncube, his 12-year-old son Joshua and his 5-year-old niece Malia Siziba after they were killed in that crash. Three other children were hurt. Two have been released from the hospital, but Ncube’s daughter Jessica is still in the hospital.

Police say Ncube was driving to school Tuesday morning with his kids and relatives when the driver of an SUV ran a red light and crashed into his car. Police say the driver, 80-year-old Jack Reed, suffered from a medical condition that led to the crash. Reed’s family says it was likely a stroke.

Superintendent of Education Herb Wrate wrote a letter to parents explaining how things will go forward when school resumes Monday, also saying this:

“This week has been a week of tragic events, and we know your children have been deeply saddened by the loss of their beloved principal Norris Ncube and his son Joshua and niece Malia,” he wrote.

“We are all part of the IJA family, and we ask God to give us strength and comfort at this time."

Wrate explained in the letter that Gendale Seventh Day Adventist Chruch Associate Pastor Daniel Ortega has been named acting principal while he continues his duties at the church next door.  He says there will be a search for a new principal at a later date.

School officials are asking parents to come to school with their children on Monday for a special ceremony in the gym. After that, there will be a flag pole ceremony in front of the school. Officials say certified counselors will be on hand all day to talk with students, parents and school staff. They’ve also invited therapy dogs to come to school and visit.

Funeral services are now set for Sunday. You can find a donation page for the victim's families by clicking here.

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