From an email:
“As many of you know, the principal at the school next door (Garnet-Patterson Middle School) was found murdered. I had the opportunity to work with Brian Betts professionally and he was absolutely amazing.
Schools were closed Friday for Emancipation Day so his students have not yet had a day of school since his murder. I was hoping the neighborhood could offer some sort of encouragement to these students. I’ve already noticed many students (and staff) making a memorial to Mr. Betts and sitting in front of the school crying.
I plan to purchase a bucket of sidewalk chalk and write some inspirational messages to the students and staff and then leave the chalk so that students can also use it to express their feelings. Mr. Betts cared greatly about this neighborhood and I want to make sure the neighborhood and school know we support them.”