Grief Counseling

A Leon County high school lost one of its teachers after a tragic diving accident. Twenty-four-year-old Brian Tindale was a popular teacher at Lincoln High School. The principal says students are doing alright even though this has been a very big shock.

The superintendent says in situations like this, there are plans to help students and faculty cope.

Bill Montford, Leon County Superintendent of Schools, says, "Mr. Tindale was one of those teachers all principals wanted to have. Not only was he a great academic teacher, but students loved him.”

Martha Bunch, Lincoln High School Principal, adds, "It’s a very sad day at Lincoln. We miss Brian already, very much. He was a beloved member of our faculty."

Twenty-four-year-old Brian Tindale was reported dead after a scuba diving accident at Ginnie Springs in High Springs, Florida this past weekend. All those who knew Brian have the same high opinion of him, and as a teacher he touched many lives.

"In a tragic case like this one, at Lincoln there will be extra grief counselors and staff," adds Montford.

School officials say the loss of a teacher, someone they see and interact with every day, can be incredibly traumatic on students.

"In the classes that Brian taught, we have a counselor, an administrator and another staff member just working with those students and for any other students who needs the help," Martha Bunch says.

"He was the type of teacher that students would look back on and say, ‘he was one of the best teachers I ever had’”, adds Montford.

The extra grief counselors will be on hand just in case anyone needs them all week. Brian's funeral is planned for Tuesday at Killearn United Methodist.

Brian was not only a teacher at Lincoln, he was also a 1998 graduate from the school, so this is very hard for Lincoln.