Saving Johnny Francis

Saving Johnny Francis

Johnny Francis is the facility dog at Liberty North, he arrived here at North in October of last year and has become an integral part of our school.

  “He has been a huge support for me and everyone I know,” junior Venessa Flores said.

   Many people mentioned how wonderful it is to have someone like Johnny in school because sometimes you can’t deal with people or you don’t know how to put your feelings into words for someone to understand. Former student and now counseling intern Conner Easter mentioned how beneficial Johnny was to him last year.

   “He has really helped because I just got to sit with him and pet him and just decompress and relax,” Easter said.

An Instagram announcement was recently made following new liability and insurance requirements placed on the handlers. New requirements were handed down by the Liberty School District to social workers and people like Johnny’s handlers Mrs. Linsday and Ms. Brownlee. The new requirement included sole liability of Johnny Francis by Brownlee and Lindsay along with 500,000 dollars in liability insurance that the district is unable to pay. A petition to keep Johnny in the school was quickly made up and sent around by the student body on various social media apps. By the end of the day on Friday the 1st of December there were 700 signatures on the online petition and multiple emails in support of Johnny sent to the District Office. Following the outpour of support for Johnny, he has been allowed to stay indefinitely at Liberty North. 

   “There is nothing in writing yet however there is definitely some good news on the way all because of the support from our wonderful student body. I love that we have a student body who cares and is willing to to let us know what they want and fight for it,” Mrs Lindsay said.

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