LAWTON_ Lawton Public Schools is preparing for a difficult day Monday as friends and teachers of a six- year-old boy who was gunned down over the weekend return to class for the first time since his murder. Hikeem Lambirth was asleep on a couch Saturday morning when someone fired five shots into the home of his mother's boyfriend in south Lawton. Police say Hikeem was hit by one of the bullets and later died at the hospital.
Lambirth was a student at Brockland Elementary School. LPS says grief counselors will be on hand Monday to help his young classmates and teachers cope with the tragedy.
"Often times there's a misconception that children don't understand or that they are too young," said Sharon Rogers, a grief counselor with Hospice of Southwest Oklahoma. "Children do understand more than you give them credit for and you need to talk with them and you need to answer their questions honestly. As honestly as you can."
Hospice of Southwest Oklahoma says their office will also be available to help parents and children understand the grieving process.