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To Mr. And Mrs. Schermerhorn,
I was only informed tonight at our scout meeting and I'm not sure if I was a friend to ryer but we talked a lot and hung out on campouts. I was so devastated by this new I cried non stop. Ryer was the first scout to talk to me in a kind and caring way. He was so nice to everyone and funny too. He was an excellent leader and definitely deserved eagle. He was

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Posted by: Ryan Hicks - Sarasota, FL - friends troop 100   Jan 06, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. Schermerhorn,
I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your son, Ryer. I had known him from 4th grade until he was chosen to transfer to FSW. I'm sure he is happier now; without the bullying and meanness. He was a great person. That, I knew. Maybe we all should have appreciated his kindness just a bit more. I am so sorry for your loss...

Posted by: Matt Considine    Dec 29, 2014

I umm... Want to apologize for anything that we all may have said or did to hurt you emotionally. My name doesn't matter as I speak for all of your classmates who bullied you. I never got the chance to apologize for everything that was said. Please forgive those of us who have arose to the occasion and confessed to this awful deed. I understand that it doesn't do justice to what has happened but just wanted to tell you and your family that I sincerely apologize for my actions and those of my peers.

May God be with you.

Posted by: The Class of 2018 - FL - Classmate   Dec 29, 2014

Although I only met Ryer a few times, I remember his smiling face. His Mother never stopped talking about him and how proud she is of his many accomplishments in such a short time. It is pure dedication and perseverance to be studying for the lifelong achievement of an Eagle Scout along with all of his other proficiencies. Ryer's loving spirit and memories will always be with you. Our children may leave this Earth but remain with us forever. Margie

Posted by: Margie Cuoco - Englewood, FL - Friend of Karen's   Dec 28, 2014

Knowing that in no way will this make up for your void, I'd like to apologize for your loss and I wish good travels on the road ahead.

Posted by: Kristen Locker - Englewood, FL - Friend   Dec 27, 2014

I am so very sorry to learn of Ryers's death. As a parent who lost a son, I know how devastating that is. My deepest sympathy to you both.

Posted by: Carol Davenport - Liverpool, NY - friend of Porter   Dec 26, 2014

Dear Ms. and Mrs. Schermerhorn,

My son Helmut had the pleasure of being one of Ryer's first friends when he moved here as they were buddied up in their second grade class, since they had so much in common. Helmut was lucky enough to be able to share classes with Ryer that year and then again in 4-8th. We are so sorry to hear that Ryer is gone. We will always think fondly of him.


The Carter Family

Posted by: Sarah Carter - Rotonda West, FL   Dec 24, 2014

His precious memory will always be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by: Joanne Newman - St. Petersbrug, FL - Karen't co-worker   Dec 24, 2014

Ryer played the role of Philostrate last spring in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with all the commitment and dignity that the role demands. Indeed, that role was perfect for Ryer as a most dignified and committed young man. Ryer brought much goodness and light to his classes, his classmates, and his teachers.
I deeply mourn for you and for Ryer.
With sincerest hope that your hearts may heal, Pat Foster

Posted by: Pat Foster - Englewood, FL - teacher   Dec 24, 2014

Please let us know if there is anything we can do...

Ryer was an inspiration to all of us and we have all been positively touched by his presence in our lives.

Posted by: Dawn Sudbury - Sarasota, FL - friend   Dec 24, 2014