Students return to class in Roswell

Updated: 01/16/2014 9:30 AM | Created: 01/15/2014 10:18 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Thursday is expected to be a tough and emotional day for Berrendo Middle School students as they return to class. They'll enter a building that was a major crime scene the last time they saw it.

For the last 36 hours, the building has been a crime scene, a media staging area, and a meeting ground for politicians and law enforcement. Thursday, it returns to a place of learning, taking a baby step into some sort of normalcy.

Nobody could have predicted that this North Roswell middle school would be the site of the nation's latest school shooting, or that a seventh grader - who's just a kid - had the capability to open fire on his classmates.

Tuesday, Berrendo faculty and staff met inside the school. Counselors trained them on how to deal with anxiety, the grief, and the worry they'll likely encounter when students return.

Staff from rival Sierra Middle School put up a banner, signed by every student there. It's a simple act to show the Berrendo students tomorrow that they are welcomed back.

This is a kind of stress that no child should ever have to endure; the kind where preteens are grappling with the emotions of violence in the place where they are supposed to feel most safe.

In the schools and in the community there are a number of free resources for counseling. People are urged to take advantage of this.

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