The whole of Rockmart High School is mourning today after the shock of the loss of their Band Director David Snipes on Tuesday.
Superintendent Laurie Atkins confirmed the news with her announcement of the loss of Snipes, a "beloved PSD family member."
"My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Snipes' family, co-workers and band students tat Rockmart High School," Atkins said.
Snipes, a graduate of Rockmart High who later returned to the district as first the middle school band director for a year, followed by three years as the RHS band director until his untimely passing on Tuesday, died of a blood clot according to unconfirmed reports.
Atkins said that "counselors will be available at RHS" this morning to help students and educators who are having difficulty dealing with Snipes' unexpected loss.
Funeral plans have yet to be announced.
Check back for further updates as they become available about service times and more.
Rockmart High School faculty and students are mourning the loss of one of their own today after an unexpected tragedy at midweek ahead of graduation for the Class of 2018.
Superintendent Laurie Atkins confirmed the loss of RHS Band Director David Snipes on Tuesday. Several people have reported but it remains unconfirmed that Snipes died as result of a blood clot.
"My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Snipes' family, co-workers and the band students at RHS," Atkins said.
She added that Polk School District faculty will be on hand to provide grief counseling at Rockmart High today to assist students and faculty with the unexpected loss.
Snipes, a graduate of Rockmart High School and Berry College, served in the Cartersville High band program before he was the Rockmart Middle School band director for one year before he was the High School band director for the past three years.
He leaves behind his wife Melissa and their son Ben.
Check back for more on Snipes' funeral arrangements and more.