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Maroon Monday

East Texas schools wear maroon as a show of support for Athens ISD.

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Schools in East Texas reached out to offer support for Athens ISD after this week’s tragedy involving a student fatality. Many students and teachers wore maroon on Monday to offer their support. 

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in the wake of Friday’s tragedy,” Athens ISD officials posted on Facebook. “So many districts are calling for maroon on Monday.”

The movement was begun on social media and spread to the other schools in the region. “Maroon on Monday” was recognized by at least 43 different school districts and one college throughout Texas.

The tragedy occurred when an oncoming train collided with a school bus, killing 13-year-old Christopher Bonilla and severely injuring 9-year-old Joselyne Torres. Bus driver John Stevens was also treated for injuries. 

“My mom told me about the tragic news, and it was so encouraging to see our schools come together like this,” junior Andie Willoughby said. “It was no longer about a football rivalry. This was about showing our support and love. My heart goes out to the mourning community.”

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