Coleman Junior High continues to mourn the loss of eighth-grader Spencer Nobles who was shot and killed last Thursday, according to the Waxahachie Police Department.
Spencer was a member of the school’s Original Gentlemen of Coleman or OG Squad – a mentorship program for select boys.
“He was very creative, very, very smart and he was extremely thoughtful,” said Ryan Essl, an English teacher and the mastermind behind the program. “He talked a lot to everyone. He loved everybody.”
Essl recalled a touching incident in the gymnasium as students were learning how to do the Waltz dance. As they paired up, one girl stood alone without a dance partner.
“When [Spencer] saw that, he was like, ‘Absolutely not,’” Essl said. “His favorite thing was, ‘No fam, no.’ Everything was fam, and he went straight to her and started dancing with her the entire time.”
Fam, short for family, is a widely used slang that may refer to close friends.
Sixth-grade social studies teacher Robin Brown is also involved with the OG Squad. Spencer, she said, wore an affectionate smile.
“Spencer is always smiling,” Brown explained. “When Spencer is mad, Spender is smiling. When Spencer is upset, Spencer is smiling. When Spencer is happy, Spencer is smiling. There is never a time that Spencer is not smiling.
The social studies teacher shared a story of his selflessness, which was on full display at an ice cream party at the school.
As students began to help themselves to scoops of ice cream for their sundaes, Brown said Spencer opted to go last for his share, knowing they may run out of ice cream, and they did.
Brown said he dug through the freezer in the teacher’s lounge and made his sundae from an old box of ice cream.
“He made a sad little ice cream sundae out of that because he didn’t want to take ice cream away from someone else,” Brown added. “He was going to go last to make sure that everyone else got some. That’s just who he was.
Spencer was also very respectful, even when being mischievous, the teacher said.
“Even when you were in his face getting on him, he was always, ‘Yes mam, no mam. Thank you,’” Brown acknowledged. “He always thanked you at the end of class for teaching him even when you had been on him the whole class period for acting like a crazy person. He still thanked you.”
The teachers said Spencer’s friends in the OG Squad, and the wider student population, are struggling to come to terms with the loss because many of them have never had such a tragedy hit so close to home.
Essl said it was the OG Squad’s idea to do something in his memory.
A candlelight vigil is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Penn Park in Waxahachie. The community is asked to wear Spencer’s favorite color – red.
The OG Squad’s fundraiser is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Waxahachie. The boys will sell ice cream and brownies, and serve tables for tips. Proceeds will cover funeral costs.