Former Palmetto student, Mikeal Steele, was recently in a fatal motorcycle accident. Students all over Palmetto campus and especially Parrish Community High School are in tremendous grief, devastation, and shock.
“He always made the people around him happy. He would always find a way to make something positive, on the field and in classes. He was a really genuine person…always there for people and put everyone else in front of him, in any situation, you could trust Mikeal. He was supportive and selfless. I was very lucky to call him my friend.”, says former palmetto student and Mikeals friend , Charlsie Mersch (grade 11)
The accident happened Sunday night in Ellenton FL, when 17 year old Mikeal Steele was headed east on U.S. 301. Steele had the right of way when David Shanks pulled out in front of him attempting to turn on 42nd Avenue East, causing a heartbreaking wreck. Shanks was arrested and is accused with DUI manslaughter. He is being held in Manatee County Jail without bond.
It has been said by multiple students at PCHS that the following Monday left early, or simply did not show up because of how sad and upset everyone was. The teachers, staff on campus, and especially students who knew him had a hard time for the next couple of days after the incident. PCHS had a grief counselor on campus the following day for anyone that came to school and needed it. Not only did students at PCHS feel grief and sympathy for him and his family, but so did many students at Palmetto High School, all the parents and students located in Manatee County. Even people who have never met Mikeal personally felt the sad energy from everyone who did and was very sympathetic and sensitive to everyone affected by this tragic incident.
“He was an amazing friend who was so kind hearted and would drop everything to help a friend in need and always put everyone before himself…he has always been caring and compassionate and he will always be remembered about how good of a person he was.” said Sebastian Van Etten, former Palmetto student and recent parrish Community student, (grade 11), when asked what he would want people to remember most about his close friend Mikeal Steele.
Mikeal Steele will always be remembered by students and parents all over PHS and Manatee County. He was a very active 17 year old boy who participated in soccer and football at PCHS as number 7. He lived a great life and was loved by many people. He was a great friend, very caring and loving. Overall he was a good person and a happy kid who was taken too soon and will be greatly missed.