Tragedy strikes Quakertown family

Tragedy strikes Quakertown family
Posted on 12/25/2021

Good evening.

It is with unbearable sorrow that I share with you this Christmas Day the tragic news that the King family, in a house fire early today, lost their father and two children, Richland Elementary School students, Liam, a fifth-grader, and Patrick, a third-grader. Mom and Brady, an eighth-grader at Strayer Middle School, thankfully survived.

This news is devastating to the school district community and the Quakertown area at large. Eric and Kristin and their boys are very active in our community.  The School District sends its heartfelt sympathy to the King family and their many friends and relatives.  Please keep them in your prayers. 


Our Crisis Response Team, in close partnership with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, met earlier this afternoon and is in the process of setting up a series of supports for students, parents, and staff and faculty.  These supports will begin tomorrow and move into the New Year when school reopens on January 4th.  As our specific plans are finalized this evening and tomorrow, we will forward the information to you.  You will also be able to find updates on the QCSD main webpage.  In the meantime, if you are in need of assistance before these local services and supports are available by our QCSD team, please reach out to one of these county and regional organizations for support. You are not alone.  


Lenape Valley Foundation Warmline (non-crisis mental health talk line)

Available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1-215-896-9717

NAMI Bucks County Warmline provides free, confidential support and resources 

Available from 3-10 pm, 215-343-3055


Crisis Text Line: Available for students, parents, community and staff.

National Youth Crisis Hotline (24 hours): 1-800-999-9999

Access Services Crisis support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1-855-634-HOPE (4365)

For school district employees, Health Advocate provides licensed professional counselors 24/7 as part of our Employee Assistance Program. Please check your e-mail for a link to the flier with more information and the phone number.

We are truly blessed to be a part of a wonderful community that is rich with faith, hope and love.  It is certainly a day to remember these blessings and time to hold close those we love. 

Bill Harner


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