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Fulton County principal, wife drown in Puerto Rico

By Alexis Stevens, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The principal of Westlake High School and his wife died during a weekend trip to Puerto Rico, the Fulton County school system confirmed Wednesday.

Jamar and AnnMari Robinson were in the water behind a hotel when they went under, according to a Puerto Rico news report. Others in the area attempted unsuccessfully to rescue the couple, the report said.

“Our hearts are broken for the family of Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson and the entire Westlake community,” Bobby May, Westlake football coach, posted on Twitter late Tuesday. “We will always remember Mr. Robinson as the principal who worked tirelessly, was always upbeat, passionate, never missed a game or event and LOVED his students with a heart that was unmatched.”

Administrators sent an email to Westlake families informing them of a switch to online learning Wednesday due to “the tragic death a staff member,” although Robinson was not named. A spokesman for Fulton County Schools confirmed his death to Channel 2 Action News.

The school system was expected to issue a statement later Wednesday, according to the spokesman.

A native of Atlanta, Jamar Robinson graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School and then attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University before earning advanced degrees at Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University, according to the Fulton school system website.

While at FAMU, Jamar Robinson served as the drum major for the band, according to The Famuan student newspaper.

“I always want to be the best — the top in whatever I do,” Robinson said in an article published in 2000. “It was part of my personality to be a drum major because I had to be the best in the best band. There’s no settling for less.”

AnnMari Robinson, who also studied at FAMU, was an assistant professor at Georgia State University, according to her Facebook profile.