TEARS FLOW: Alstonville High School student Shakira Pickup (left) joins other students yesterday in mourning the death of Peter Edmonds.
TEARS FLOW: Alstonville High School student Shakira Pickup (left) joins other students yesterday in mourning the death of Peter Edmonds.

We'll never forget you

PETER Edmonds was the kind of teenager you couldn't easily forget.

He was a 'building block' of Alstonville High - fun, polite and respectful of his elders.

Yesterday, students and teachers at the school mourned the tragic loss of their friend, doing what they could to comfort each other during what may well be one of the toughest times of their lives.

Students placed flowers under a sign erected in memory of the Year 11 student, which read 'Missing Peter, caring for our students'.

Counsellors were brought in to help students and staff deal with the traumatic loss, and the school is organising a memorial service.

Peter, 16, died on Tuesday after a shark attacked him off Ballina's Lighthouse Beach, near North Wall.

Despite his mate Brock Curtis' brave efforts to save him, Peter died from a loss of blood after the shark bit him twice on his left leg while the pair was body boarding.

Speaking to a group of local and national media outside the Alstonville High School yesterday morning, principal David Silcock described Peter as a wonderful student who was well-liked by everyone at the school.

He said Peter and he had often surfed together at Ballina.

"There will be a big gap in the school for a long time," Mr Silcock said.

"Peter was one of the building blocks of our school. He was a caring, polite kid.

"However, you look at this, it is a tragedy. It's very upsetting for everybody.

"At this time we just want to say our thoughts are with the family."

Year 11 student Elise McCarthy spoke on behalf of her fellow students.


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