Blue ribbons serve as support, therapy

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A Franklin student tied a ribbon around a brick column, remembering how his friends called him to go swimming Friday in Edinburgh.

Bruce Pleak is struggling to accept that now one of those friends is dead, and two others are in critical condition at an Indianapolis hospital.

Franklin Community High School opened Sunday evening for students and friends who might want to talk with counselors, but most of the students instead went out in the city to hang blue ribbons. A group of about 25 students — friends and acquaintances of the five teens who went over the dam Friday afternoon — spread out across the city, tying blue ribbons to show support for their friends and their families.

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