Students at Jemison HS make cards for Fultondale students after deadly tornado

Students at Jemison HS make cards for Fultondale students after deadly tornado
Students at Jemison High School are making cards for students at Fultondale who were affected in Monday night’s EF-3 tornado. (Source: Jacob Roop)

JEMISON, Ala. (WBRC) - Students at Jemison High School are making cards for students at Fultondale who were affected in Monday night’s EF-3 tornado.

The deadly tornado caused significant damage to northern Jefferson County around 10:30 p.m., including to Fultondale High School and the nearby area. Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin says the school building will not reopen as previously planned construction for a new high school begins in a little more than a month.

The heartbreak in Fultondale centers around the death of 14-year-old Elliott Hernandez, who was a freshman at the high school. WBRC spoke to Christopher Arizaga on Tuesday, who said his brother was a “great kid.” Elliott’s father remains hospitalized.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.

The project at Jemison High School was organized by 10th-grade English teacher Jacob Roop.

“When I heard the news of the students who passed away from the tornado in North Jefferson County, I was saddened,” Roop said. “As an educator, I can’t imagine coming to school to find that one of my students was tragically killed in a tornado. I wanted to send some positivity and encouragement to the students of Fultondale High School, so my students and I wrote letters and cards to send to the students in the community. I have also encouraged them to donate to the GoFundMe.”

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