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Classmates talk about 7 year old death

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -- Tonight, classmates are talking about the death of 7 year old Amarria Johnson. Johnson died after having an allergic reaction at Hopkins Elementary School on Monday afternoon.

7 year old Amarria Johnson was part of the Hampton's extended family.

For hours each day -- Austin and Amarria would spend time inside a first grade classroom at Hopkins Elementary. "We made a card today at school. We just have to give it to her parents," says Austin.  

A heart-wrenching day unlike another other for Austin. "Sad! The principal asked, is everyone doing okay?"

Austin's mom Frazelle, first found out about Amarria's death Monday night. "It's hard. I cried. I've been reflecting how life is short and you never know what can happen."

Frazelle was glad to know grief counselors are at Hopkins Elementary-- to console her son-- while he's away from home. Now she is going to be extra careful --- double checking what food she sends to school with her son.

"I don't want to have this happen to any other child," she says. 

Chesterfield School leaders tonight are stressing the importance of keeping your child's medical records up to date, letting the school know of any and all changes. Also, leaders want you to make sure your child's medication is always available.

In the meantime -- the Hampton's are leaning on each other for support -- and offering their condolences to the Johnson family. "You hurt and we hurt the same way because these are our children and they were in class together."

The grief counselors will be at Hopkins Elementary School for the students and staff as long as they are needed.

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