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9 March 2015, 09:57
Tributes have been left for two teenagers killed in a crash in Morley.
14 year old George Wharton, and Rhys Baker who was 13 died in the crash on the A62 in Morley on Saturday afternoon.
Two other teenagers, Kameron Walters, 14, and 15-year-old Joshua Van Veen, remained in a critical condition in hospital.
The boys are thought to have been picked up by a 21-year-old without the permission of their parents. The driver is seriously ill in hospital.
Dave Gurney, executive headteacher of Bruntcliffe School, said:
'Our condolences go to the families of both the boys who lost their lives in this tragic accident.
'Rhys was a well-liked member of his year group and will be sadly missed by all staff and students at Bruntcliffe.
'Our thoughts are also with the other students who both remain in a critical condition in hospital. We hope they make a full recovery.
'This is a terrible tragedy and one which is being felt right across our whole school community and the wider community in Morley.
'We will be offering specialist support to students and staff in school, and will come together to support one another at this really difficult time.'
Leanne Griffiths, principal of The Morley Academy said:
'Our sincere condolences go to the families of both the boys who tragically lost their lives in this terrible accident.
'George Wharton was a popular boy with a bright future ahead of him and his loss will be felt profoundly by staff and students at The Morley Academy.
'Another of our students remains in a critical condition in hospital and we continue to pray for his recovery.
'This is a devastating tragedy, the effects of which are being profoundly felt within school and across the wider community in Morley.
'Specialist advisers will be on hand in the academy to support students and staff as we come together to support one another at this very difficult time.'
Judith Blake, deputy leader and executive member for children and families at Leeds City Council, said:
'Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the young people involved in this terrible and tragic accident.
'We will be working with all schools affected to make sure that they have all the support they need for their students and staff at this very sad time.
'We will also work with the police to ensure that the families affected have all the support they need at this terribly difficult time.'