Bearing memories of shooting victims, Aztec High students return to class
August 10, 2018 05:54 PM
AZTEC, N.M. – Faculty and students at Aztec High School are gearing up for the start of a new school year on Monday.
"It's a brand new school year and we are upbeat to move forward," said Kirk Carpenter, Aztec School District superintendent.
In light of last December’s deadly shooting at the high school, the school is beefing up security measures this year with the help of law enforcement.
"We can't say there is not going to be a little anxiousness or anxiety, but we are going to be there for our kids," Carpenter said.
Some students have noticed the security changes, but they said just being back among their peers will provide a much-needed sense of security of a different kind.
"I'm just really glad to see all of my classmates and students get back to school once again with me," said Gary Edwards, who is set to begin his senior year.
While the start of school will mark new beginnings, faculty and students will be carrying the memory of last year close to their hearts, and of the two students who died in the shooting.
"December 7th will never be forgotten. That's something that will forever be part of Aztec High School,” Carpenter said. “However, I think from that as well, we are stronger and more united than ever before. We owe that to Casey and Paco."
Updated: August 10, 2018 05:54 PM
Created: August 10, 2018 05:02 PM
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