D155 Supt. Comments on Student Deaths

From Dr. Johnnie Thomas, Superintendent of Crystal Lake High School District 155:

For District 155, like any family, the loss of a student hits us extremely hard.
Johnnie Thomas

Johnnie Thomas

Yet, in recent days, I have witnessed our students receiving care and support from social workers, psychologists, teachers, support staff, our community partners, and even other students.

It is true that it takes a village to raise a child, and we are blessed to be part of a “village” that cares deeply about creating a safe and thriving educational environment.
I am proud to be part of the District 155 Family, and we appreciate your assistance as we continue to work through this very difficult time.
The messages of support and prayers have helped to lift us up.
In the future, our schools will participate in several activities aimed at helping us heal as a community while equipping our children with important life skills and knowledge.
This will include some activities that were already scheduled and some new plans that are being formed now with our educational partners.
In the meantime, we hope the upcoming spring break will provide you with an opportunity to connect with family and friends.
Please be aware that Friday is an early release day with classes ending at 12:53 p.m., followed by spring break March 23-27. I hope we all return to school on March 30 renewed and ready to finish off the school year.
Please have a safe and restful spring break.


D155 Supt. Comments on Student Deaths — 5 Comments

  1. I think less of Johnnie Thomas because he used that “it takes a village” tripe.

  2. As an outsider looking in, it appears to me that Mr. Thomas is very concerned and working hard to facilitate resources to students, family and friends.

    Thank you, Mr. Thomas, for your diligence in addressing these tragedies.

  3. Cindy – I agree with your comment.

    His quote from the Future President and Madam Empress did taint the letter slightly, but I won’t hold it against him.

    As he is high level administrator in the public school system, it is an extremely safe assumption that he’s read the book and leans way left of center.

    However, I think he expressed true emotions and showed compassion.

    The bigger “news” in the letter is that the kids have a half-day Friday.

    This was not on the 2014-15 Calendar – it was just updated! – and they just caught it recently.

    The teachers just learned of this day-off very recently – SURPRISE.

    Better than a snow day!

  4. Can’t believe you would put a political tone into a suicide situation.

    Please think of the grieving family.

  5. Johnnie Davis for town dog-catcher ……

    unfortunately, he’s also sorely unqualified for that position, too ……

    but at least he’ll only be hurting animals in that one.

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