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Weekend Shooting Prompts Selma, AL Schools to Shift to Virtual Learning

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By:Sharla Fletcher/WDNews/April 29,2024/9:15A.M.CDT

Selma – (WDNews) A weekend shooting in Selma, Alabama, has shaken the community, prompting two local schools to take action. Selma High School and Saints Virtual Academy/Alternative School have transitioned to virtual learning following the incident, which left a teen student seriously injured.

According to Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford, the shooting occurred around 3 p.m. on Saturday and is believed to be retaliatory in nature, stemming from a previous incident the week prior. Chief Fulford stated that there were multiple shootings over the weekend, heightening concerns for safety in the area.

Selma City Schools Superintendent Zickeyous Byrd emphasized the paramount importance of student and staff safety, explaining that the decision to move to virtual learning was made out of caution. Byrd stated that the virtual learning measures will remain in place until suspects are apprehended or until there is an increase in police presence at the schools.

As of now, no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

In a statement released by Selma City Schools, officials reassured the community of their commitment to safety, stating: “Please know that the safety and security of our scholars and staff are of utmost importance to Selma City Schools.” In alignment with local law enforcement’s recommendation, Selma High School and Saints Virtual Academy/Alternative School shifted to virtual learning on Monday, April 29, 2024. Students are instructed to access their assignments via their IXL accounts.

While Selma High School and Saints Virtual Academy/Alternative School have transitioned to virtual learning, all other schools in the district will maintain their regular schedules.

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