East Texas students, staff wear Uvalde school colors to show support for return to class

Carthage ISD staff & students wear maroon to show support for Uvalde.
Carthage ISD staff & students wear maroon to show support for Uvalde.(KSLA)
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 3:02 PM CDT
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CARTHAGE, Texas (KSLA) - Students across east Texas participated in “Uvalde Strong” on Tuesday, Sept. 6, as students from Robb Elementary went back to school for the first time since a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in May.

[RELATED: Uvalde students go back to school for 1st time since attack]

Students and staff at Carthage ISD and Elysian Fields wore maroon, Uvalde’s school colors, to show their support.

“We are glad to be able to show a small token of our support by wearing maroon today. Most importantly, we will continue to keep the Uvalde community in our thoughts and prayers during this new school year as they navigate through many tough days ahead,” said Carthage Superintendent Jarrod Bitter.

Elysian Fields Middle School Principal Martha Lovaasen says participating in the show of support started a conversation between students who say their heart is still heavy about what happened in Uvalde.

“We had so many kids participate. It just nice to see them talking about it. It’s not just we have on maroon today, they know why they are wearing maroon today and they are discussing that. I’ve heard some students talk about the fact that it’s hard for them to imagine what the students in Uvalde are going through today. We’ve lost members of our campuses in district and I know that the students still feel the effects of that, so it’s really nice to see that they are joining together and they are realizing and having empathy for situations such as Uvalde,” she said.