OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Some teachers and students at Ocean Springs High returned to school Monday with heavy hearts. One teacher said she was emotional after learning about the tragic death of Andrew Demboski.
Although Demboski was not active in clubs and athletics at Ocean Springs High, he left quite an impact on the teachers who taught him and the friends he made.
Advanced Math teacher Carolyn Price taught Demboski Algebra II during his sophomore year. She remembers Demboski as a smart, quiet student who didn't like to draw attention to himself. Because Andrew's last name was unusual, she would often call out his name as he walked down the hallway. Price said although Demboski graduated in 2013, many students were his friends or knew his family.
"His whole face would light up, you know, the whole face, and just welcoming. I mean. I'm serious, he didn't tune anybody out. He was very friendly," said Price.
Price said she took it hard when she found out that Andrew had died Saturday after falling from inside the Jumbotron at the Mississippi State University stadium.
"Shocking and horrible and sad. When you're a teacher that really cares, you want those kids to go and succeed. So when they lose their life, that's sad," said Price.
Price said everyone at the high school feels for the Demboski family and is praying for them, especially because Andrew died on Mother's Day weekend.
Andrew Demboski's visitation will be Thursday, May 12, from 5pm to 8pm at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Ocean Springs. The funeral service will be held in the same location Friday morning at 11am. Burial will follow at Crestlawn Cemetery.