District Statement: Passing of TME Student

DeSoto ISD Issues Statement Regarding the Passing of a District Student
Posted on 01/12/2023
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Over the weekend, district administrators received news of the passing of district student De’Evan McFall.


McFall was described as sweet and charismatic by his teachers and will be greatly missed by both his teachers and peers.


DeSoto ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Usamah Rodgers said, “Losing a student is one of the most difficult experiences one can have as an educator, it is akin to losing a child as these are our children. My heart and condolences go out to the McFall family. DeSoto ISD will continue to wrap its arms around the family of De’Evan McFall as well as his school family and our entire district.”


In a social media post, DeSoto ISD Board President Dr. DeAndrea Fleming wrote, “[De’Evan McFall] will be truly missed. [...]his contagious smile will always be remembered by all that knew him.”


As a result of this loss to the DeSoto ISD family, the district will provide grief counseling to staff and students to support them as they process this news. Social-emotional supports for students and staff will include restorative circles and individual counseling.


The tragic loss of McFall is a reminder to speak with students about appropriate conflict-resolution strategies which can include the following:

  • Cool off. Before problem-solving can begin, students need time to calm down and recognize their emotions while also taking time to identify the source of conflict.
  • Share, listen, and check. Students need to listen to each other share their issues, and then check that they understand them
  • Each student should take responsibility for his or her part in the conflict and the resolution of the matter.
  • Brainstorm solutions that feel appropriate and respectful of all parties involved.
  • Choose a solution that supports everyone’s needs and concerns.
  • Affirm, forgive, or thank all involved for their participation in resolving the conflict at hand.

For families of students who may need additional support regarding this matter or other issues that may be impacting student social-emotional health, the
DeSoto ISD Counseling Services Department is available to provide social-emotional counseling and resources to those who may need assistance processing this recent event may reach out to DeSoto ISD Counseling Services at 214.223.6666 ext. 8214.


The District also has a partnership with Care Solace which can help families quickly find mental health or counseling options aligned to families’ unique needs, regardless of circumstances. Care Solace’s support is completely confidential and free to DeSoto ISD students, staff, and their families. If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 in any language
  • Visit www.caresolace.com/desoto  and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
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