The local community shows its support for Uvalde by wearing brown

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Tuesday was the first day of school for CISD Uvalde since 21 people were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in May.

As a sign of support for the Uvalde community, people across Texas wore maroon on Tuesday, the color of Uvalde’s ISD Elementary School.

Locally, many school districts have shown their support for Uvalde, including Flour Bluff ISD, who took this photo outside Flour Bluff High School on Tuesday.

“Seeing everyone do it, and our picture in front of the school, I was really proud,” said senior Lucy Anne Johnson. “People know we have their back and we want to do everything we can to let them know we’re praying for them and that we love them.”

Flour Bluff High School Principal Linda Medley said she was really proud of the response from her students.

“I walked in and saw a whole wave of maroons,” Flour Bluff junior Colin Hannigan said. “I initially thought it was a small thing, but it was good to see everyone in the student body participating.”

Medley participated in the district’s plan to implement its maroon initiative. She said it was important to do so and sympathized with the Uvalde community.

“Unfortunately, these are things our students hear about, and our administrators and staff, we all think,” Medley said. “We just wanted to surround them and let them know that we love and support them, even if we can’t be there.”

Medley said it was a small act, but she hopes it will go a long way.

“I hope this reaches our community of Uvalde,” she said. “We have a connection with this community, with our staff, and we will send it out to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Across the city, CCISD campuses also supported Uvalde.

At Carroll High School, the student council distributed brown ribbons to students who may not have had brown clothes in their closets.

“I think it’s so great that our school has such a strong community to come together like this,” said Carroll senior Miranda Glidewell.

Junior Rodolfo Chavarria-Flores wore a special jersey on Tuesday. His mother did, and on the front it said “Uvalde Strong”; on the reverse was the number 21 with a halo above it to represent the 21 students and teachers who lost their lives in May.

“These 19 parents, they’ll never be able to hold their babies or say goodnight to them,” he said. “It’s a tragedy.”

At Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Tuesdays are typically “Bluesday Tuesday,” a day when students and faculty wear school colors to share their pride. However, the university paused “Bluesday Tuesday” for the week, to wear maroon instead for Uvalde.

“We decided as a school in Texas, and most of us here are Texans, to show our support on their first day back,” said Luke Tschritter, president of the Student Government Association. “We thought it was something small that we could do as students and as a student government association, to have an impact and stand in solidarity with these students.”

Tschritter was impressed by how many people wore brown on Tuesday.

“It was one of the most amazing turnouts among kids wearing the same shirt color that we’ve seen,” he said.

TAMUCC Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Director Maggie Cano wore a shirt on Tuesday that read “Uvalde Strong.”

“I was going to do it myself, I had already ordered the shirt,” she said. “Then when the university announced it, it was good to see that we were going to do it as a whole.”

Cano has a strong bond with Uvalde – she’s from there and still has family in town.

“My brother and my nephew were in school, so it’s pretty close and dear to me,” she said. “I spoke to my brother today, he was having a bad time, happy to be there, but at the same time, it’s difficult.”

Cano was touched by how many people on campus she saw wearing brown on Tuesday.

“It means a lot to see the community come together, even though we’re three hours away,” she said. “It means a lot to my colleagues to wear it, as well as to everyone on campus.”