Episcopal students return to school after killing

Head of school killed in murder-suicide 2 weeks ago

Dale Regan
Dale Regan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Students at Episcopal School of Jacksonville returned to the classroom Monday for the first time since losing their school leader nearly two weeks ago.

Before class, they participated in a prayer service in honor of Dale Regan.

Regan had been the school head for seven years.

She was shot and killed by a former Spanish teacher, Shane Schumerth, before Schumerth killed himself.

Students have been on campus since the shooting to receive grief counseling, but Monday marked the first day of class since the tragedy, which happened just prior to spring break.

The school also named Charles Zimmer as acting head of school. Zimmer was formerly head of school at Episcopal from 1997 to 2006.

The board of trustees will appoint a permanent head of school after conducting a nationwide search, according to the school's website.

"Charley's familiarity with the school and its faculty and staff will help provide stability and comfort as our community continues to grieve our loss but begins to heal and plan for the next school year," said Rob Clements, chair of the board of trustees for the school. "We are truly fortunate to have the benefit of his strong leadership to guide us as we continue in our mission."