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November 7, 2012

NOTES: What was said in the press conference


GREENVILLE — Don Jefferies, GISD superintendent:

"We want to send our condolences to Alicia's family, friends and church members. It's always a tragic loss to lose a child. This community, this family and friends at the high school have lost a precious child. As an educator, this is the last type of event you'd want to deal with.

"I was alerted Saturday morning that a Greenville High School student was reported missing by her family Friday evening. We've been in constant communication with the Greenville Police Department regarding this investigation.

"We send our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends.

"I asked the principal at the time to check the child's schedule, call teachers to see about anything unusual and contact the school resource officers (SROs) over the weekend. Alicia had an iPad, and we could trace that as long as it was on, but the tracking system was apparently disabled. We know from our bus video that she did get on the bus at the high school and got off the bus at the corner of Walnut and Bourland about a half block from her home.

"We have received no notice from anyone about predators near our schools. That being said, it is paramount for us as parents and guardians to stay alert. Any strange or suspicious person they see around our buses or schools is urged to notify us. I would encourage everyone to remind their children to be vigilant as they go to and from school

"Our bus drivers are highly trained to scan their surroundings. They're taught and trained to look for suspicious people or circumstances, and the bus driver didn't notice anything.

"There is a criminal investigation going on. We will continue to cooperate with police and work with parents and students. We have grief counselors in our school.

"We have had offers from ministers to come to our schools, and they're welcome to do that.

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