CCISD Issues Statement Following Inquiry

Update: 4:30 pm
After repeated inquiries the Corpus Christi Independent School District released a statement regarding a missing King High School Student along Whitecap Beach.

Corpus Christi--While search crews continue searching for a missing teenager near Whitecap beach Friday, officials from the Corpus Christi Independent School were busy avoiding important questions surrounding the incident.

On Thursday afternoon, it was reported that a three teenagers who attended King High School were swimming near the jetties near mile marker 210 when they went missing. Two of the swimmers were able to be rescued while a search for the third continues.

It was later discovered that the teens were part of a group of seniors who were “away from school” for the day.

After initially failing to address the matter, CCISD officials released a statement confirming that the King High School student, Je'Sani Smith remains missing.

“We respectfully ask for privacy while we focus on caring for our district family,” Superintendent
Dr. Roland Hernandez said. “We appreciate the outpouring of support from Corpus Christi and


However, it still remains unclear if the district was aware of any authorized or unauthorized activity planned by or for the students.

“If they didn’t know about a ditch day then they were the only ones who didn’t,” said one student who attends King High School. “I think this has been going on for years. Like a tradition or something.”

But now, parents are starting to ask questions as to the district’s awareness of the matter.

“This should cause concern,” said Sarita Morales. “If they are not aware of what the kids might be planning, then are they really aware of the dangers and risks that come along with living in today’s world?”

While some are questioning the district now, it should be noted that it is unknown if the district was or was not aware of the teens plan to go to the beach on Thursday nor was it addressed in their statement.

Despite that, both parents and the community are seeking answers.

Updates: Initially, CCISD had refused comment and directed all questions, including those regarding their procedural management to local authorities. Following an inquiry by The Southside Light, a formal statement was finally released though it did not explain if the district had knowledge of any planned or unplanned activity.


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