When they heard about the accident, some students didn't believe it was true. They thought it was a sick joke because Morton was quite the jokester. This made the tragedy seem even less real.
"When the accident first happened, I was in a lot of shock. I'd never thought just an average Sunday afternoon could turn out so bad," Schwarz said. "The first thing I thought was 'How am I going to be able to get through this?'
"When I first found out, I didn't think it could be true," he continued. "I never thought that my best friend -- who I was planning to be best friends with for the rest of my life -- could die so young. Reality really didn't hit me until about a week or two after his passing."
Even students who didn't always care for Morton, like freshman Blair Hanna, have been feeling depressed.
"We didn't get along during middle school, but by the end of eighth grade, we were cool," Hanna explained. "He had apologized for everything two weeks after school started. I'm glad we forgave each other because I wouldn't be able to live knowing we were enemies when he passed.
"Everything's been pretty bad because I sat beside him in science class," she continued. "Now, there's an empty seat, but I feel like there's something still there.
"In fact, when I found out, I didn't think it was possible. I repeated that in my head over and over. When I realized it was true, I fell to my knees, sobbing uncontrollably. He was sort of an immortal person.
"The George Washington community isn't as happy anymore," she added. "Everyone's saddened by his death."
Freshman Brodie Ehnstrom wasn't a friend of Drew's, but she was a classmate. Shirts were sold at the school in Drew's honor, and Ehnstrom wears hers every Sunday to remember him.
Though it has been almost two months, the pain of Drew's loss is still fresh for many in the GW community. One second, life was normal, and then our community was shattered. The school misses him, and we are doing our best to remember and honor him, but his memory can't replace his presence.