Yesterday a tragedy that we normally see on television showed up in our hometown. A well-educated and unassuming young man, Shane Schumerth, murdered his former boss at Episcopal High School. Head of School Dale Regan was a wonderful administrator, teacher and steward of service to her community.
Today we were contacted by the media asking if Shane Schumerth was a member of the tea party. Mr. Schumerth was not a member in our membership database of nearly 10,000 First Coast residents.
We are shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy. There are many in the First Coast Tea Party who went to Episcopal. There are many who sent their children there and now grandchildren are walking the halls of this wonderful school.
We know the days and weeks to follow will be difficult for the students, faculty and parents of Episcopal. We know their faith will see them through and the legacy Dale Regan left behind will serve many other generations of Episcopal students.