The Aransas County Independent School District (ACISD) experienced a tragic week of events in the loss of Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) teacher/coach Christopher Kuykendall and 2020 RFHS graduate Joel Gonzalez.
Kuykendall passed away Friday, June 12 after suffering a heart attack in Alice, TX. He had only been employed by the ACISD for one year, but became quickly well known amongst students and faculty for his roles as an assistant football, basketball, and track coach.
Kuykendall is survived by his wife, Cassie Kuykendall; and four children, Tyler, Josh, Carlee, and Landry.
Gonzalez took his own life Wednesday, June 17 by self-inflicted gunshot wound in a wooded area near the Tule Creek Hike and Bike Trail. He was a 2020 RFHS graduate.
The RFHS Facebook page had a post Thursday, June 18 concerning these events. They also shared a list of resources for anyone to use during the school’s time of distress.
Those resources are as follows:
Coastal Plains Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation - 361-727-0988
ACCESS Counseling - 361-729-0633
South Texas Children’s Home Ministries Family and Individual Counseling- 361-575-5151
Counseling and Training Clinic/Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi - 361-825-3988
Texas Youth Hotline - 1-800-989-6884; by text - 512-872-5777
Texas Suicide Prevention - 1-800-273-8255
LGBTQ Crisis Hotline - 1-866-488-7386
National Hopeline Network - 1-800-SUICIDE