PASADENA, Md. - The Class of 1980 at Chesapeake High School is back on campus, an impromptu reunion to remember their former principal Dr. William Norman.
"You brought us love, peace, kindness," said Lisa Wilson, CHS Class of 1980.
They say going to the principal's office wasn't so scary.
"It didn't matter what you had done, what trouble you could have gotten into, whether it was your mouth in my case. It was usually that for me. He would just sit me down, knowing that there was another reason I was mouthing off to a teacher. It was because something was going on at home," said Tess Ruby, CHS Class of 1980.
They still remember, even after 32 years, but this time with tears. Florida police say Dr. Norman was murdered. Last week, his body was found in a canal with a bag over his head and duct tape covering his mouth.
Patti Weaver says a lesson handed down from her principal is still on the chalkboard.
"Use your words wisely and they'll stay with you forever, which they have. And I say that to my daughter and my son," said Weaver.
Two teens were arrested a few days after the body was found in Davie, FL.
Andarly Desir and David Weintraub confesed to beating, binding and gagging Norman. Money is a possible motive.
"And the sad thing is if they would have asked, I know they would have gave it to them," said Wilson.
An Anne Arundel County Schools spokesman says Dr. Norman worked for the school system from 1961 until 1989.
He was the first principal at Chesapeake High from ‘76 until ‘83. An auditorium is named after him.
"And I want to thank you for everything you've done for me and so many people," said Wilson.
Details of a scholarship in Dr. Norman's honor are still being worked out.
Desir and Weintraub are in custody, charged with premeditated murder.
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