AJ left school that day with someone’s blood on his face from lying on the floor with the dead and injured. Since then he has been sad, angry and scared. And he has done a lot of physical therapy.
“I had a good night’s sleep,” he told CNN, referring to the murder of his teachers, Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, and the 19 children lost along with the words, “My teachers and classmates forever.” He was wearing a maroon T-shirt with our picture on it.
“I’m nervous because I’m not used to this school.”
It was his decision to return to face-to-face schooling, said his mother Cassandra Chavez.
“I’m just nervous,” she said. “I’m just trying to support him. That’s all I can do.”
Chavez wore an “Uvalde Strong” T-shirt honoring the victims and all those left behind.Many of the staff at AJ’s new school wore Robb Elementary’s maroon and white.
AJ said he wasn’t sure if he would make new friends at his new school, Flores Elementary. His smile disappeared for a moment when he was asked about the kids who wear shirts, the kids who can’t go back to school.
In July, his mother told CNN that he advised him never to see his teachers or classmates again when he got angry.
“You have to be strong,” Chavez said.
So, wearing their image proudly on their chest, AJ prepared for school.
And with the excitement and anxiety of his first day, he entered fifth grade.
CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz and Matthew J. Friedman reported this article from Uvalde, Texas, and Rachel Clarke wrote from Atlanta.