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Letter to families about Trye Nichols death

Letter to families about Trye Nichols death

Dear families,

On Friday, the video of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, who died after a traffic stop by police, was released by Memphis officials. To say the very least, the video is shocking.

Like other videos we have seen in the past, the violence depicted has caused great pain for some students, staff, and families alike. Many are being forced to relive past trauma.

It is difficult to know exactly what to say in response to the video. I can say that, in the Duluth Public Schools, we remain committed to ensuring a safe, welcoming, and positive learning environment in each of our schools. This is a commitment we take very seriously.

If your student is feeling upset or isolated as we learn more about the situation in the video, please know that you are not alone. We are fortunate to live, work, and learn in a school district community made up of people who truly support one another. It is our hope that the trauma we are experiencing together will eventually help us all learn and grow as individuals and as a society.

Please know that mental health support will be available to meet with students and staff now and in the coming days. If assistance is needed in dealing with this situation, please contact a mental health support professional. You may set up an appointment with one of our mental health support professionals by calling or emailing them. You can find a list by school at

In short, we are here to support you and your family in any way we can. Just like we have over the years, we will get through this deeply challenging time together.


John Magas, Superintendent

Anthony Bonds, Assistant Superintendent

Duluth Public Schools