Updated: 01/16/2014 12:53 PM |
Created: 01/16/2014 12:50 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
As buses drove to Berrendo Middle School this morning, supporters lined the streets with signs and streamers to make the students' return feel positive and upbeat.
It was the first time students had entered the building since a 12-year-old suspect brought a gun to school and seriously injured two kids.
The effect of the shooting rippled through town. The school has been in Roswell for decades—almost everyone in town has a friend or family member who went to Berrendo.
This morning, everyone was there for a reason.
"The kids. The kids. They're... I have no one here, but I'm a mom, so it's just... I pray for the moms and the kids and the families. They're in our hearts and we want them to know that," Vicki Gonzales said.
Teachers and staff members prepared yesterday to provide grief resources for the students. Counselors are available, as well as therapy dogs.
"We can get through this. We are strong. Roswell is strong. We are a tight knit community- we can do this together ," Laura Weathers, a supporter, said,