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Students Say School Did Not Allow Them To Grieve Their Classmate

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GARLAND (CBS 11 NEWS) - Students at Lyles Middle School shouted “Justice!” as they marched from campus to the home of Tylajah Herford, who was killed after she was hit by a car on her walk home from school.

Herford was hit by a car on Monday at the intersection of Broadway and Oates Road in Garland, which is the same busy intersection dozens of students must cross each day to get to and from school.

Most of the students who walk that intersection live too close to the school to take the bus, so they cross the busy intersection daily.

Students say their school did nothing to help them grieve for their beloved friend. Though several students witnessed the accident, students said no counselors were offered to help them through the grieving process.

“The school should have been more interactive because that was one of their students. They just act like they don’t care,” said Cyranee Edwards, a student at the school.

Students say they were forced to tear down a sign they had put up inside the school for all the kids to sign that was later going to be gifted to the family.

Plans to hold a vigil for their friend at the school were denied by school administrators.

“I think they should have let them do something because it’s the last day of school. It’s something they should have let these kids do,” said Shenequia Edwards, whose daughter attends Lyle Middle School.

CBS11 reached out to Garland ISD, who offered no comment at the time of the call.

The woman who hit Herford was not at fault and will not be charged, according to Garland Police spokesperson Joe Harn.

Students plan another demonstration Friday.

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