Wow…What a Meeting!!


To all that took the time to attend the Community Awareness Meeting Monday, September 21st, 2015, evening at SMSD, we the staff offer our most humble appreciation. From the moment of the Pledge of Allegiance led by our Boy Scout representative and student Gage Cylc, through heart felt testimonies of staff members, parents, students and spouses, all the way to hearing the first hand accounts of the horrific and violent events that led to the deaths of Channon Christian and Chris Newson given by Gary and Deena Christian (parents of Channon)…we were “United” as a Community. It’s hard to describe the spiritual connection that was felt by all who attended as we openly discussed without shame our pasts that led us to this meeting and the need in our community for the programs offered at Smoky Mountain Self-Defense. I am very proud of our community and its leadership, as well as the local business owners and people in positions to make a difference that have committed to Step Up and take Responsibility while doing the right thing… while securing the future of our school so we may continue to serve those we are yet to Empower. We at SMSD are excited to continue our journey with your support.  “No More Victims”
Thank you, Roy “Hoot” Shields
Founder, Smoky Mountain Self-Defense