Many parents, teachers, and students in Madison City are asking, "What do we do now?"
After a deadly shooting between two students at Discovery Middle School on Friday, February, 2010, life must go on in the now-not-so-sleepy town of Madison, Alabama.
A community meeting was held in the auditorium of Bob Jones High School today at 2:00 P.M. Superintendent of Madison City Schools Dee Fowler, Mayor Paul Finley, and Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey were in attendance. Also in attendance was Jim Stewart, principal of Lincoln County High School in Tennessee. Stewart went through a similar incident at his school in 1998. An edited version of the meeting can be viewed here on YouTube.
The Madison City Schools website has posted a helpful link on their website entitled "Community Resources Related to the Discovery Middle School Incident." The link includes helpful tips for parents as well as frequently asked questions.
Principal of Discovery Middle, Sharon Willis, sent an email to the parents enrolled in the school's email listserv. Mrs. Willis encourages parents by letting them know there will be extra counselors on staff tomorrow, Monday, February 8, to be of aid for students, faculty, and staff. Mrs. Willis is going to meet with all the students tomorrow, beginning with the 9th graders. She reminds the Discovery family that she will encourage students "to live with no regrets - to 1) live life with passion, 2) love completely, 3) forgive freely, and 4) finish strong!"
Please refer to the City of Madison official website for more information.