Lanier Staff, Students Remember Slain Teacher


By Lisa Blackwell

Students and teachers are mourning the loss of one of their own.

A Lanier High School teacher was found dead on Friday.

Authorities found fifty year old Robert Brown suffering from a gun shot wound in the leg/

The incident ocurred in the 4000 block of Aimesbury Drive in Montgomery.

Brown was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

He ws a behavioral interventionist who helped kids learn how to handle tough situations.

A positive voice at Lanier High School has been silenced.

Cheryl Fountain, Principal, Lanier High School, says "He did the morning announcements along with our students every morning and he always left them with a quote at teh end of all the announcements he would do the character ed and at the end he would always tell them "Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours."

It was a shock this morning for teachers and staff when he wasn't there.

Disbelief, shock, because I had seen him the previous night before at our Junior Senior High School prom so just really surprised.

Brown counseled students and taught them how to handle the tough situations.

"He would teach conflict resolution he would teach different things, you know, how to better resolve things, he would hold small groups, he would cousel with the two or three students involved, he would meet with parents," said Fountain.

Mr. Brown 's death has touched everyone at Lanier High. He wsa the kind of person that went above and beyond his role at school.

He was a father figure for Jarquwn Janigan.

"Me and Mr. Brown went to church on Sundays and sometimes on the weekends he would take me out maybe to the barbershop or the park and we would just talk about life," said Janigan.

Brown was going to give a suit and shoes to a students who needed them for a ceremony today.

"Mr. Brown was such a giving person that whatever you asked for if you needed something he would give it," said Fountain.

Brown left a positive impression with students that will not be forgotten. A banner hangs just inside door, one that Brown worked hard to put there.

"Mr. Brown, he cared about us and he really did love us, so I mean, everything he does it wasn't done in vain, I think a lot of the students kept a lot of the things he said to their heart," said Janigan.

If you have any information about Brown's death call crimestoppers at 215-STOP or the secret witness line at 262-4000.

His death is the twelve homicide in Montgomery this year.

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Toriano Brown said on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:29 PM

It deeply saddens me.When I left Lanier in 2010,he was the last person I spoke too.I told him of all my dreams and how I'd no doubt,accomplish them.He always managed to stay positive and keep a smile on his face.Twas a great face to see each day.Indeed,he was a magnificent role model.A caring individual...You will never be forgotten Mr.Brown.

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