McDuffie County School District ready as Thomson High mourns another student killed in accident

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
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Amarione Thampson died over the weekend in an accident. (Source: Thampson Family)

THOMSON, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Thomson community is in mourning Monday after another young life was taken following an accident over the weekend.

Thomson High School junior Amarione Thampson died on White Oak Road around 10:42 a.m. Saturday.

In the past 6 months, 5 children died on Thomson roads.

"I just heard her screaming and saying my son is dead. She dropped the phone and she was like my baby," said the Outlaws.

Juanita and Gerald Outlaw, Amarione’s aunt and uncle, say they were literally praying for the other families when they lost their own nephew.

"Once she said Amarione...oh my God. I know people have to still be hurting over the loss of the other children and then here it is another teenager in Thomson from Thomson High School," said the Outlaws.

The family says 16-year-old Amarione Thampson was selfless and kind.

"He couldn't stand to see people hurting or suffering. He was just that type of kid that he would just want to help. You know, I know a lot of people say that people would give the shirt off their back but he was really that person," said the Outlaws.

He spent summers and school breaks at his aunt and uncle's house where he talked about his future, wanting to be a judge and an advocate for children.

"He would talk about school and who he wanted to become and who he wanted to be. How he wanted to make his mom and dad proud of the life that he was living and the person that he would become," said the Outlaws.

Although his life was taken too soon, they say he spent every day of his 16 years on this planet making his family proud of the person he had already become. His aunt says all his mother wants is for the teens to be safe on the road. She says whatever it takes to make them safe, that's what she wants.

The McDuffie County School District released a statement today saying counselors, social workers, and school psychologists were at school today.

The statement went on to say "Please keep Amarione's family and our schools in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this most difficult and trying time."

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