Selma schools, mayor press conference

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. and Selma City Schools Superintendent Avis Williams hold a press conference Monday in the Selma High School library to outline plans to increase safety at the school. Community leaders, behind them, attended a meeting Monday morning to see how everyone can help.

Selma City Schools held a press conference on Monday at Selma High School to outline plans to improve safety after a shooting in the cafeteria last week.

Superintendent Avis Williams and Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. brought together leaders from many sectors for a 90-minute meeting in the high school’s library to address top issues that need to be addressed to prevent future violence in the schools.

The 30 leaders will continue to meet on a monthly basis and will divide into committees to drill down into specific topics.

The shooting was sparked by an altercation between two students in the lunchroom on April 1, the second day Selma schools were back to in-person learning after a year of virtual classes. The high school is back to virtual learning until further notice as a safety precaution, Williams said. Read more here.

The teens involved were arrested and an investigation into the cause of the argument is being conducted.

Leaders at the meeting included city council and school board members, Dallas County educators and board members, Dallas County Sheriff Mike Granthum and District Attorney Michael Jackson and Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford. 

Read more in this week's Selma Sun print edition. 

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