CONYERS — Although much of the Rockdale County community has been affected by the domestic shooting of a mother and her 10-year-old daughter on Tuesday morning at an area day care, two schools especially are having a hard time dealing with the tragedy.
The mother, Kimya Roberson, is a prekindergarten teacher at C.J. Hicks Elementary School, where she has taught for the past five years, according to Rockdale County Public Schools.
School Principal Sherrod Willaford sent out a phone message to school parents on Tuesday encouraging them to keep the family in their prayers while Roberson and her daughter remain in the hospital.
“The C.J. Hicks family has been shaken with the tragedy surrounding one of our teachers and her daughter. We are praying for their full and speedy recovery,” he said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. “Ms. Roberson is a kind, caring person who builds a special connection with her students and parents. She is also a leader in the building who is always willing to assist her co-workers and share her professionalism in teaching.”
He said counselors are available for students and staff as needed.
“As a school community, we have come together to provide support and counseling which will continue to be available as needed,” he said. “We continue to make instruction our primary focus for our students and staff but will remain steadfast in our optimistic thoughts and prayers for this family.”
Additionally, Roberson’s daughter Corrine Williams is a fifth-grade student at Lorraine Elementary School, said school Principal David Ray in messages to parents on Tuesday and Wednesday. He said the school counselor and school psychologist spoke with each fifth-grade class on Wednesday morning and will continue to be avaialble for students.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and pray for a full recovery for our LES family members,” Ray said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “We have tremendous support services staff who help us through difficult times such as this. We are maintaining our educational focus while we continue to have the family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Although Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Samuel King is out of state this week, he said he has been keeping informed about the tragic event.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with them and their family at this time,” he said in a prepared statement on Tuesday evening. “We consider our students and staff to be a close community who share heartache and hurting during difficult times.”
He said counseling services will be available to help support affected schools, and the system is respecting the privacy of the family by releasing only approved information.
“We ask that you continue to keep our teacher and student in your prayers and request your assistance in maintaining an educational environment for students and staff during this time,” King said.
The shooting also has affected Corrine’s Girl Scout Troop in Conyers. She attended a camp out with other girl scouts last weekend at Elks Aidmore. Her mother was also there as a troop volunteer.
Elizabeth Rojas, leader of Brownie Troop 27895, said Corrine’s troop leader was too emotional to talk about what happened and another troop volunteer went to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to show support. She said her troop and other Girl Scouts wanted to show their support for Corrine.
“We’re praying for Corrine and her mom to recover,” she said. “The girls will take up a collection to send to Corrine’s family. We just want them to know we’re thinking about her.”
Roberson’s estranged husband Terence Sherod Roberson, 36, was arrested when he turned himself in at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday after the early morning shooting at Little Mountain Christian Academy in south Rockdale County. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
News Editor Jay Jones contributed to this article.