Local Schools Show Support for Murder Victims


Stafford Elementary | Image by WFAA

After a tragic event that took the lives of three young children and seriously injured two more, school districts across North Texas are wearing gold and black, the colors of Italy Independent School District (ISD), in a show of support.

As reported by The Dallas Express, Shamaiya Deyonshana Hall is accused of stabbing all five of her children on March 3, killing three of them and seriously wounding her two other children, according to a news release by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple school districts posted to social media that they plan to show support for Italy ISD.

Some of the school districts are Milford ISD, Waxahachie ISD, Frost ISD, and Itasca ISD, along with many others.

On Sunday, Italy ISD’s Superintendent Rachel Kistner released a statement following the deadly stabbings.

“Italy ISD is processing through the tragedy that occurred on Friday and are [sic] preparing to support our students and staff as they return to school on Monday. We are working closely with the crisis team from the Region 10 Education Service Center during this difficult time. Additional counseling staff will be available at school for the students and at Central Baptist Church main campus on Monday morning at 10:30 AM for families and community members,” said Kistner.

“We are asking that visitors refrain from coming to the campuses during this week before Spring Break so that we can maintain routine and structure for our students and staff which can provide a sense of safety and security,” the statement continued. “Please reach out to your child’s campus if we can support your family in any way and thank you for your help during this difficult time.”

The current condition of the two children who were seriously wounded is unknown.

Hall is being held in the Wayne McCollum Detention Center.

She has been charged with three counts of capital murder. Her bond has been set at $6 million, $2 million for each charge.

The shocking incident comes amid a spike in violent crime in North Texas — especially in Dallas, where violent crime is up more than 5% over last year as of March 8, according to the Dallas Police Department’s Daily Crime Briefing.

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