Tragedy Strikes FirstLine Schools Community

Dear Friends of Leading Educators:

In the early hours of Friday, March 10th, our community experienced a devastating tragedy. It was discovered that New Orleans Kindergartner Jumyrin Smith and his brother Justin Simms (5th grade) had been fatally wounded along with their mother, Monique Smith. Sister A'Miya Smith (7th grade) survived the shooting, but remains in critical condition.

All three children were students at Samuel J. Green Charter School, which is one of many partner schools in our New Orleans / Baton Rouge teacher leadership cohort.

FirstLine Schools CEO and Leading Educators Board Member Jay Altman announced a fund established for the Smith Family in their time of crisis. Donations may also be made in person at any Capital One Bank. Please donate and share with your networks.

As Gentilly grapples with this tremendous loss, our hearts go out to the classmates of A’Miya, Justin and Jumyrin, as well as the teachers who provide safety and stability for the children of Samuel J. Green.