BARTLETT (September 25, 2012)--Bartlett ISD is expressing their gratitude for the outpouring of support after a high school science teacher and football coach passed away Sunday.
According to Superintendent Brett Springston, Assistant Coach Brett Mullins of Salado was found by his father Saturday with a single gunshot wound.
His father, Joe Mullins, serves as the head football coach for the high school.
Authorities say Mullins was found holding a gun and was taken to an area hospital where he passed away on Sunday.
Springston said the faculty met that night to plan and discuss the steps needed to be taken to help grieving students and teachers.
A letter was sent to the parents to advise them of the situation and let them know that professional counselors would be present at the high school to help the students deal with the loss.
On Monday, the school district provided seven professional counselors and three areas where students and faculty could go for help.
Teachers could go to the teacher's lounge to get help answering questions they did not know how to answer or to receive their own counseling.
Similarly, students directly involved in a science class or coached by Mullins could go to the gym where a counselor was made available to them. The library was also open to those who did not directly know Mullins but had questions and needed help understanding the situation.
"He was quite popular with the students and everyone loved him," Springston said.
"We have had an outpouring of support, not just from our small community, but from so many other communities asking if they can bring food or help in any way… it's been inspiring," Springston added.
Students will continue to have access to the help they need through faculty and the school district.
Mullins was in his 5th year with Bartlett ISD.
Funeral services for Mullins are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at 1st Baptist Church in Salado.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the church.
Mullins was also the owner of Central Texas Taxidermy in Salado.