MES principal recovering after injury
More than 150 people gathered in the Morgan Elementary School cafeteria Tuesday night, Nov. 14, to pray and express support for principal Megan Reynolds and her family.
Earlier in the day, Reynolds sustained a serious head injury while trying to retrieve a fifth-grade male student who had exited the front of the school building during lunch period. During the incident, Reynolds fell backward in the parking lot and struck her head.
According to Dr. Lance Richards, superintendent of the North Harrison Community School Corp., school nurse Virginia Gardiner and a teacher were following Reynolds to help return the student to the building. Gardiner was able to administer first aid immediately to Reynolds after she fell until emergency personnel arrived minutes later. Reynolds was transported to University Hospital in Louisville, where she underwent several tests and remained in the intensive care unit until Sunday.
The prayer vigil was organized by a parent through social media, and word of the event quickly spread throughout the North Harrison school community. As people in the community learned of Reynolds’ injury, expressions of faith, support and love were being offered locally and, by the time of the vigil at 7:30, thoughts and prayers were being received from an untold number of concerned people.
‘The number of people who attended the vigil speaks to the commitment and caring of our community and the support for Megan Reynolds,’ Richards said.
The former Megan Clunie and a 2000 graduate of North Harrison High School, Reynolds earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University and taught for eight years at Ekron Elementary School in Meade County, Ky. She also has three master’s degrees.
Reynolds’ family has been updating friends about her condition via social media. Reynolds was scheduled to have a defibrillator implanted yesterday (Tuesday) at Jewish Hospital, where she was tranferred Monday, and, barring complications, be released today.
Heather Clunie Smith, Reynolds’ sister, expressed gratitude to all those who have kept Reynolds and her family in their thoughts and prayers.
‘Megan’s family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, well wishes, food, gifts and accommodations during this past week,’ she posted on Facebook. ‘It has been greatly appreciated, and we are truly grateful!’