A second-grade teacher in the Palmyra School District was killed in a hunting accident in Pawnee County on Saturday. Kade Reiman, who teaches at Bennet Elementary School, is 23 years old. His family and school district confirmed his death on social media. Mike Hart, the head of the school district, wrote: “Tonight I share some difficult news with you with a heavy heart.”
“Ced Lehman, a second-grade teacher at Bennet Elementary School, passed away this afternoon. ” Hart said that on Sundays and Mondays, elementary school counselors can provide grief support.
Hart said Lehman also coached high school football in Palmyra, and team members can use coaches. According to the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office, Lehman was accidentally shot while hunting with another man southwest of Lewiston.
Sheriff Braden Lang said that Lehman, who lived in Weeping Water, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials did not provide other details about how the shooting happened, but said they are investigating Lehman’s death.
“The harm we are experiencing cannot be described in words,” Lehman’s mother Deb Lehman Lehman said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “We have lost the best of all of us.” Senator Julie Slama of Sterling, who graduated from Auburn High School, like Reiman, said that he “really represents all the best qualities in southeastern Nebraska.”
A message on the Palmyra High School Booster Facebook page stated that Lehman had just started coaching the junior high school basketball team. “All athletes and coaches who are fortunate enough to share a field or court with him will miss him deeply,” a booster wrote.
The mother of a second-grade boy in the class said in a post on the same Facebook page that her son can talk to Reiman about anything. “I will miss his brilliant smile and wave as he walks towards his car, and his latest news about the progress of (her son) school,” she said. “He had a very big impact on his students.”