CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Students are being allowed back in to Arapahoe High School for brief visits that are providing some comfort following last week’s shooting.
Juniors and seniors were allowed inside for two hours Thursday to get things they had to leave behind after a gunman opened fire, wounding one student before killing himself. Underclassmen are scheduled to report Friday.
They were able to meet their teachers, walk the suburban Denver school’s halls and gather in the cafeteria to talk and eat homemade cookies.
“It’s hard knowing just knowing that it happened and you never know if it could happen again,” senior Tyler Simon said.
Some said they were nervous to return. Student body vice president Grace Marlowe says she was grateful to be able to see her school in person again, rather in than aerial news footage. Like many others, she also stopped by a large tribute to wounded student Claire Davis. She remains in critical condition.
The left notes and well-wishes for Davis’ recovery and for the entire campus.
Students said teachers, staff, and even faculty member Tracy Murphy, who was the target during the shooting, were all there to greet the students and just be supportive.
“I think it was really well done. All the teachers, all the staff, they were extremely purposeful in making all the students feel comfortable,” senior Zachary Shepherd said. “Any student walking in, anyone passing, ‘how are you doing?’ Give you a hug even if you didn’t know them.”
“The library is all blocked off, you can’t see inside. But it looks like a normal school day,” senior Emily Skoda said.
“It’s a little scary at first, didn’t know what to expect, but it was really reassuring to see everyone and teachers. It’s good,” senior Carolyn Channel said.
People have been offering prayers and good wishes for her on Twitter since the shooting and have been urging the boy band One Direction to visit her. On Thursday, band members posted a video online, saying they wanted to “share some love” with her and that their prayers were with her and her family. (STORY: Boy Band ‘One Direction’ Sends Well Wishes To Claire Davis)
The principal sent home a letter to the students and their parents saying that library where gunman Karl Pierson took his own life will be remodeled.
Classes will resume in January.
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