Valdosta Daily Times

January 16, 2013

Lowndes County Schools express grief over student death


Lowndes County School System

VALDOSTA — The following was issued by Lowndes County Schools superintendent Wes Taylor Wednesday afternoon:

As law enforcement continues to investigate the details leading to the tragic death of one of our students, Kendrick Johnson, the administrators, teachers, and board members of the Lowndes County School System want to again express our sorrow to the family and friends of Kendrick.  Kendrick was a sophomore at Lowndes High and had been a student in the Lowndes County Schools since the second grade.

Our grief is elevated because Jacquelyn Johnson, Kendrick’s mother, is a valued employee and friend of the Lowndes County School System. Mrs. Johnson has been a bus driver in our system for 10 years. When she is ready, we and the students on her route look forward to her return. Additional counselors, social workers, and school psychologists have been made available this past week to help our Lowndes High students and staff deal with this tragic loss.

We are supportive of the way our student body has organized to honor their lost friend and fellow classmate. The students have displayed a level of maturity and empathy in supporting the Johnson family that makes us all proud.

We, as a school family, extend our love, prayers, and support for Kendrick’s family, friends, and fellow students in this time of grief.

We will continue to cooperate with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in their ongoing investigation.