WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The principal of West Ashley High School issued a statement Friday afternoon on the school's Junior ROTC program instructor.
"It's with a heavy-heart that I talk with you this afternoon," principal William Runyon said in the statement.
"Earlier today we learned of the passing of one of our instructors at West Ashley High School, NJROTC instructor, Master Chief Timothy Strickland. This news will have an impact on everyone at our school and local community. Our hearts go out to his students, colleagues, family members, and the many community members whose lives have been enriched by knowing Tim. The best way we can honor his life is to always remember him for who he was: an incredible mentor, teacher, and friend for he will be greatly missed," Runyon's statement read.
He said the school will have counselors available for anyone needing additional support and guidance beginning Monday at 7:15 a.m.
Those student counseling services will take place in the school's media center. Staff counseling services will be available during each planning period as well, he said.