On Tuesday, September 26th, our Cougar family suffered an unimaginable loss. Due to a tragic accident, we lost our dear friend O'Brien Gibbs, an 8th grader at AMS, along with his younger brother, William Edward. Their mother, Jo Landreth, and older brother, Henry, were also in the accident. Both are currently recovering from their injuries. Ms. Landreth is an AIG Specialist here at Asheville Middle, who has touched the lives of many of the students here. The love for this family runs deep in the Cougar community.
After learning of the loss of their friend and classmate, the 8th grade students decided to honor O'Brien and his family by asking everyone at Asheville Middle to wear orange, O'Brien's favorite color. This morning, a sea of orange poured into the cougar den. Everyone is trying to find a way to grieve the horrible loss of a student, and classmate, and a friend. Nothing can truly ease the hurt of losing such a beloved member of our cougar family, but the love and support pouring out into the hallways here at AMS is a small comfort to those mourning the loss of O'Brien and William Edward. The tribute will continue tomorrow as all students and staff participate in the tradition of Fancy Friday in honor of O’Brien. He will always be remembered here at AMS by all the people he touched, and many more. We love you, O’Brien and William Edward.
We send all our love to Ms. Landreth and Henry. Please keep them in your thoughts. If you would like to make a financial contribution to help the family, I recommend you visit and donate to the GoFundMe.com page set up in their honor.
THIS is Cougar Pride.
Story by Virginia Pharr