LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Rush to Spread Love and Comfort at Uvalde High School After Sudden Death of Beloved Assistant Principal
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
Last week, beloved Uvalde High School assistant principal Mr. Humberto “Beto” Torres Jr., 34, died after a medical emergency. He served in Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District for almost eight years as a teacher at Dalton Elementary, then as assistant principal at Morales Junior High School, and later at Uvalde High School.
Mr. Torres taught in the Uvalde school district, grew up there, and graduated from Uvalde High School in 2008. This was his home. Mr. Torres was there to lead the staff and students at Uvalde High School after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary. He was there for his students and staff.
In our moments of grief and tragedy, God is with us. He often sends others to comfort and strengthen us.
On Monday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martha (Bethany - Austin, Texas), Persis (King of Kings - Glenpool, Oklahoma), and Triton (Messiah - Plano, Texas), and their handlers, returned to Uvalde High School to be there for the staff and students as they returned to school after Thanksgiving break and learned of assistant principal Torres death.
The Comfort Dogs' handlers present have built friendships with this small community after the tragic mass shooting and did not hesitate to travel many hours to support, comfort, and love the staff and students of Uvalde High School.
The students and teachers knew they could seek out Martha, Persis, and Triton at the school that day, providing them a safe, calm, and comforting place for hugs, pets, tears, and even smiles.