I was saddened to learn this morning of the tragic death of the principal of Shaw Middle School, Brian Betts.
When I first met Brian, he had only been in his new position for a few weeks. It was summer and he made time to meet with me to discuss the challenges he faced and the future of the school even as he interviewed a stream of candidates for teacher positions at the school.
What impressed me most about Brian was his optimism. It was different, refreshing, and real, not contrived. He firmly believed that by placing confidence in his students, developing relationships with parents and the community, and through hard working teachers, even students facing the greatest challenges could and would succeed. He set high goals for himself and his team. His devotion was appreciated by all.
My thoughts go out to his family, colleagues at DCPS and Montgomery County, and to his students.
I hope that the police and media will soon provide us with more information on the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the victim's dark blue Nissan Xterra blue 2007 Nissan Xterra (MD plate 562M222) to call the police non-emergency number of (301) 279-8000. Anyone with other information pertaining to this death is asked to call homicide detectives at 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.