Shaw students react to arrests in Betts slaying
Students gathered at the entrance of the school on a quiet, sunny morning, before heading inside for DC-CAS testing. Teachers planned to talk to students about the arrests after the exams.
"He never did nothing to nobody," said Saprena Butler, one of about 100 ninth-graders who liked Shaw Middle School so much that they successfully petitioned Betts and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee to let them spend an extra year there. "He was the best, out of all the teachers I've ever had" - and the apparent circumstances of the murder don't change that, she said.
"I just thought about it a little bit, but I put it out of my head," she said.
Tuesday is the final day of DC-CAS testing, the annual standardized exams that help measure academic progress of D.C. public school students. The tests were rescheduled after Betts was found dead at his Silver Spring home on April 15.
Kim Douglas, acting principal at Shaw, said teachers would discuss the arrests and the apparent circumstances of the murder in their classrooms. Holding a school-wide assembly would be too disruptive, she said, and probably wouldn't be too helpful anyway.
"We're going to have teachers handle it in class, but they'll all be reading off the same sheet of music," Douglas said. She said that the school has calmed since the initial shock of the loss.
"Brian was an awesome principal," Douglas said. The details of his final night have nothing to do with that, she said. "It's not like it's going to change anything."
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May 4, 2010; 9:48 AM ET
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