Students Honor Slain Principal | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Students Honor Slain Principal

Play associated audio

Montgomery County police are not releasing much information about the investigation into the shooting death of Brian Betts. But that's not stopping friends and family of the former D.C. public school principal to express their sympathy.

Betts was found shot to death in his Montgomery County home April 15th. Police believe it is possible there was more than one person involved with the shooting.

Meanwhile, Betts’ friends are sharing stories of his passion for seeing his students succeed.

Jeff Jackson was one of those students. The 22-year-old is now trying to become a Maryland State Trooper and first met Betts when Jackson was a sixth-grader. Jackson says Betts taught students well after the school day ended, even after the cheerleading practices he led.

"Cheerleading practice was from like 3 to 5 [p.m.]," he says, "and then after that, from 7-10 at night we would be in a room. He'd cook us dinner. We'd sit around tell stories, we would do homework. We'd talk about life, our parents."

Jackson says that extra time was important because Betts filled the role of a missing father to many of his students.

NPR

Comedian George Carlin Is National Portrait Gallery's Newest Face

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Kelly Carlin, the daughter of the late comedian George Carlin, about the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's unveiling of her father's portrait Friday.
NPR

Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.
NPR

Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.
NPR

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.