Today I write to share that the Germantown Friends School community is mourning the loss of David Jones, who was the stepfather of one of our students. Mr. Jones was fatally shot by a police officer as he was running away after being stopped on his bike. Our student participated in the Middle School moving up ceremony on June 7, and lost his stepfather in this sudden way the very next day.
As a school under the care of the Religious Society of Friends, we hold our student, his mother, his new baby sister, and the rest of Mr. Jones' family in the Light as they mourn. Caring for our student during this time is paramount, and our faculty, staff and parents have been working closely with him and his mother on a comprehensive support plan for the near- and longer-term.
We join the family in deep sadness and outrage at the grave, nationwide problem of gun violence, which is disproportionately affecting people of color. This problem, which has devastated so many, has now directly impacted our community, traumatizing a GFS family about whom we care deeply.
In Quaker practice, we cherish the individual Light in all people and are called by our Friends' testimonies of peace, equality, and community to respond to violence with concern and vigilance for all parties impacted by this tragedy.
Head of School