The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees held a moment of silence in memory of 15-year-old Spencer Nobles during its regular meeting, Monday.
The solemn reflection came a little over two weeks after the popular Coleman Junior High student reportedly died from a gunshot wound at his home in Waxahachie.
“Spencer Nobles lost his life recently and we just want you to wrap your arms around his family, his friends and everyone at the campus that new him…,” Board Secretary McCutchen prayed.
Brad Andrews, principal of Coleman, was in attendance at the meeting where he praised district officials, principals, teachers, counselors and other staff members who showed up as the school mourned the shocking death of the popular eighth-grade student.
“I asked for an opportunity tonight because I wanted to, in a public fashion, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support from this district,” Andrews explained. “For the second year in a row we experienced a very difficult situation at Coleman Junior High. Last year, we lost one of our teachers during the year, and then this year we lost one of our students…”
“On the morning of January 24th we showed up to campus with just broken hearts everywhere, but, I have to tell you, it was amazing - the level of support that we received from this district….,” the principal continued. “We canvased our library so that those counselors could meet with students and staff… We could not have made it through that difficult time as well as we did without the tremendous support from everyone in this district.”
McCutchen also prayer for the family of Angelina Church. The Waxahachie High School student went missing on Jan. 27 after surveillance video showed she left school in the car of a 20-year-old male driver whom she reportedly met on Instagram.
“In addition, Angelina Church was missing for a while,” the board member continued. “Luckily, the parents found her but I’m sure they’re still going through some trauma and some trials from that situation. Please be with them…”
Angelina was located by the Waxahachie Police Department on Feb. 7. No arrests were made in connection to her disappearance which police treated as a runaway.
McCutchen ended his prayer with Board Vice President Clay Schoolfield in mind.
“Our trustee, Clay Schoolfield, also lost his dad recently, and I just want you to be with Clay and his family, and comfort them and give them peace, moving forward…”
Bob Schoolfield, a Navy veteran who moved with his family to Waxahachie in 1975, passed away on Jan. 29 at 83 years old. He was a longtime member of the Brown Street Church of Christ. He was also regularly involved with Historic Waxahachie Inc., a nonprofit committed to the preservation of historic areas and structures in the city.