Monday, December 15, 2014 is a day that will live forever in my heart as one of the darkest days in our proud District’s history. On this day, our normally peaceful community was thrown into chaos by acts of unspeakable and senseless violence. These acts took the lives of five adults and one 14 year-old girl, Nina Flick, who was a 9th grader at Souderton Area High School. They left her brother Anthony Flick, an 11th grade student, in the hospital with terrible injuries. They left two little girls bereft of their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. These acts have shaken our school family to the core and we share our anguish with our neighbors in the North Penn and Upper Perkiomen School Districts and at the North Montco Technical Career Center which Anthony also attends.
While we can’t begin to comprehend the reasons for this tragedy, I find solace in the strength and solidarity of our students, staff, and community members. This tragedy has profoundly affected us, but it will not define us. In Souderton, our identity is altogether something different. We are a community with great compassion for others and an unwavering generosity of spirit. We will be resilient through this dark time. I share the sorrow of all of our community members who are grieving and know that we will endure this together. As we mourn the losses of those who were close to us, we also unite to celebrate life and care for those around us.
Please join me in wishing a very speedy recovery to Anthony Flick and in sympathy for the deaths of his sister, Nina Flick, and their parents Trisha and Aaron Flick. We also mourn the deaths of Nicole Hill Stone, Jo Anne Koder, and Patricia Hill and our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims’ families. I am grateful for the outpouring of support from our community as our students, faculty, and staff members begin to recover from the impact of these terrible events.
Frank T. Gallagher
Superintendent of Schools