This is the statement by Principal Schoepper that staff shared with students today regarding this loss of one of our students.
To: McKay High School Students
From: Rob Schoepper, Principal
Date: Tuesday, 01.23.18
Today we learned of a devastating loss to the Royal Scot family. Last night, Alfredo Hernandez, a junior here, lost his life in a shooting off campus.
We are all deeply saddened by this loss. Alfredo will forever be part of our school, our community and our McKay family.
When events such as this occur, it is not unusual for us to react with shock, sadness, fear, anger and other feelings. Those reactions may rise and fall throughout the remainder of the day, and even for days to come. Some of us will want to have quiet time alone, and others may want time to talk with peers or adults. Some of you who didn’t know Alfredo may be ready for teachers to return to academics sooner than others.
We all need to practice patience and respect for each other. We encourage you to talk about Alfredo and remember him. If you need additional help or time to talk about your feelings, you may go to the Safe Room, which is located in our McKay library. Counselors will be available all day and as long as you need them.
You will be expected to sign out of your class and into the Safe Room. It is important that you be in a setting with an adult present. For your wellbeing, tight accountability of attendance is critical during time of trauma and loss.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we have additional law enforcement on campus today. Please feel free to talk to them about any safety concerns you may have. Your safety and your wellbeing, both physically and emotionally, are our greatest priorities. We are here for you. We will give you the space you need to grieve.