Like many residents in the Mobile area, students at Mary G. Montgomery High School were saddened by the death of Mobile police officer Sean Tuder. They decided to show their support by raising money through an out-of-uniform day and donating the proceeds to Tuder’s wife, Krissy.
On Wednesday, the students gave Mrs. Tuder a check for $2,000, thanking her for her husband’s service during an “MGM Backs the Blue” presentation.
“My kids went around and spoke to all the classes, encouraging them to participate,” said MGM teacher Laurin Tew, whose class put together the fundraiser. “Then we handed out wrist bracelets the day of, and collected money.”
Mrs. Tuder was greeted by a line of students holding signs honoring her husband, and music from the Mary G. Montgomery band. Students lined the halls as she was escorted to Tew’s classroom.
Tew, Mary G. Montgomery principal Marlon Firle, MCPSS Superintendent Chresal Threadgill, and Mobile County Board of School Commissioners member Douglas Harwell and several students spoke at the presentation, including one student who had also recently lost a loved one.
Afterward, students released balloons in memory of Tuder while the school choir sang “Amazing Grace.”
“This is a sad moment and gun violence is already enough in the world,” said MGM student Marley Marshall. “Just to see someone gone, quick, is very sad, and we would just always want to be there for his wife and their family.”