Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Christie Finley spoke about the death of Huntsville High School student Nigel Shelby during Monday’s meeting.
See what she had to say in the attached video.
A Huntsville City Schools spokesperson, Keith Ward, released the following statement Monday evening about the district's resources:
"The district has several resources in place to tackle prejudice, bullying and inter-group conflict including PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) to teach and recognize positive behavior, No Place for Hate anti-bias & diversity education, and Peer Helper programs. School counselors provide lessons to educate and promote awareness, along with encouraging HCS employees to lead by example and provide support if they seen bullying. The district has online tools on each school’s website to report any concern, including bullying, via “Anonymous Alerts” or “Bullying Report” forms. Administrators at the school and district level are immediately notified in order to take prompt action. In addition, there are consequences for students outlined in our Behavioral Learning Guide who are found to engage in bullying."
“I want to thank you as an administrator, a mother, and grandmother for the outpouring of support and love you have shown Nigel Shelby’s mom and her family. We are a family at Huntsville High and as a family, we stand together. This freshman class will persevere and stand strong, because I know that our parents, teachers, counselors and leaders will always surround our children with love, prayers and guidance….every child deserves our best and I will always give your child my best...” said Jo Stafford, Huntsville High School Freshman Academy Principal.
Ward says this is part of a message that was included in a weekly update to 9th grade Huntsville High School parents this weekend.
A GoFundMe titled, "Help Us Raise Money For Nigel Gone To Soon," has raised $18,031 of its $26,000 goal, as of Monday evening.