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Chesapeake students want empty graduation seats in honor of girls hit by drunk driver

Posted at 1:05 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 13:05:18-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The friends of two graduating seniors who were in a fatal crash want them to have seats at their graduation ceremony, reported WTKR. 

Kaitlyn Duffy, an 18-year-old from Chesapeake, and Sabrina Mundorff were just weeks away from graduation when police said they were hit by a drunk driver on May 19.

Duffy was killed. Mundorff was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries and is still recovering.

A group of students who were friends with Duffy and Mundorff said the school board will not allow two seats to be set for Duffy and Mundorff at the Great Bridge High School graduation ceremony, reported WTKR.

Erika Dowdy, who would have sat next to Duffy said the seat is so important to them.

“It's really upsetting to think that someone would be able to take her seat next to me. That…I wouldn't have her there next to me. And just that they would replace her with someone else in her spot, that's really upsetting," said Dowdy.

Chesapeake Public Schools sent WTKR this statement:

Graduations are a time of celebration for students, parents, and guests.  Appropriate recognition is being considered by school administrators to honor those students or staff members who schools have lost.

Scott Duffy, Kaitlyn's dad, said the two seats shouldn't even be considered -- it should be a given.

Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff posted a response on his Facebook page on Thursday morning: