Canvass – YHS faculty & staff
YCSD investigators spoke to members of the Yoknapatawpha High School staff in an effort to find information on the potentially-missing 20-year-old Daniel Collier.
The YHS faculty and staff were asked about the last interactions they may have had with Daniel Collier.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all the interviews conducted.
Langston Brown has been the principal at Yoknapatawpha High School for the last eleven years. As principal during all of Daniel Collier's high school years, Mr. Brown had numerous interactions with Daniel, most of them good. Mr. Brown remembers Daniel as a courteous kid and hard worker.
Particularly, Mr. Brown related a story about Daniel, when he was a junior, stopped a fight between two boys in the cafeteria. One of the boys, also a junior, was harassing a freshman, who was socially-awkward; Daniel stood up for the freshman.
All three of the young men ended up in Mr. Brown's office, where Daniel, who was normally very reserved, gave Mr. Brown and the YHS liaison officer an impassioned plea for protecting the students who were, in Daniel's words, "a little bit different."
Mr. Brown agreed with Daniel and the freshman's account of the incident. Later that freshman would start the Yoknapatawpha High's first chapter of Students against Destructive Decisions.
Mr. Brown said he had not had the occasion to speak to Daniel since his graduation in May of 2018. However, he knows Daniel has returned several times to speak with Ms. McCarthy, the art teacher, and Mr. Whitwill, the industrial arts teacher.