MARYSVILLE, Wash. – Hundreds of people lined the entrance to a Washington high school as it reopened Monday, more than a week after a student fatally shot three of his classmates, wounded two others and then killed himself.
Waving well-wishers, many holding candles, greeted students returning to Marysville-Pilchuck High School following the Oct. 24 shooting. People cheered as buses and cars entered the school campus.
“It’s incredible that everybody came together like this,” said Deidre Butler, a local resident. “It’s still hard to believe that it actually happened right here.”
A 10:30 a.m. assembly started the school day, and lunch was in the gym because the cafeteria where the shooting took place remains closed. The regular school schedule resumes today.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee asked residents to wear red and white – the school colors.
The colors stand out vividly in a memorial with flowers, balloons and messages of love that covers the fence around the school.
“I think it’s going to be huge for the kids to realize that they’re not alone walking this journey, that they have way more support than their small circle,” said Tammie Clifford, a local resident and an alumna of the school.
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