Tuscaloosa County High offering counseling following teen’s slaying Tuesday

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Tuscaloosa County High School is in mourning after one of their own wound up shot dead in a drive-by shooting Tuesday.

Trinity Shannon, 16, was inside a vehicle at a Wendy’s drive-thru in Northport when someone from another car began shooting into the vehicle. Trinity was declared dead a few minutes away at Field Crest Apartments in Northport.

The man accused in her death, 19-year-old Kenderius Sherman, was most likely attempting to shoot the driver, police said. The driver was injured in the shooting, and another woman who was in the car was not injured.

Tuscaloosa County High School students, faculty and staff are still trying to process that Trinity is gone, and the Tuscaloosa County School System is providing additional counselors and social workers on campus to provide support and security for students, faculty and staff.

The system is encouraging anyone who is grieving to speak with a counselor, and are also encouraging parents and guardians who have questions or concerns to reach out to school administrators.

“The students, faculty and staff are always offered a place where they can come and just share about their loss and the way that they feel,” said Angela Kelly, a mental health coordinator for the system. “It’s encouraged. It’s a safe space for students to feel, grieve and talk to somebody that’s listening. We don’t do a whole lot of talking. We do a lot of listening and just support because it is always such a hard time.”

Kelly said these services are available for any student, faculty or staff member for as long as they’re needed.

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