Parade held for Owensboro principal in quarantine


OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Burns Middle School Principal Dane Ferguson has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and quarantined to his home.

A group led by a sixth grade student wanted to give back to Ferguson and root him on during his recovery.

“Mr. Ferguson has had such an impact on our lives at Burns,” parade organizer Nolan Johnson said.

“Every morning before school starts he’s out there, encouraging us to have a good day so we just want to encourage him and let him know that we’re thinking of him and that he can beat this.”

Ferguson began running a fever on March 22 and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 28 – over two weeks after Burns Middle School had made the transition to online classes.

Vehicles filled the parking lot of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and made the trip around Ferguson’s neighborhood, while his family watched from their front porch.

“I just want him to know that we’re thinking of him and that we hope he beats this and we know he can,” Johnson said.

A statement from Ferguson’s family says that he was “speechless and overwhelmed” by everyone who participated in the parade.

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(This story was originally published on April 5, 2020)

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