Teachers at Franklin Regional High School will return to work Monday and students will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday, the school district said in a news release tonight.
"High school students will be given time to return to school with their families, if desired, on Tuesday," the release says, adding that the school will return to its regular schedule Wednesday. "Student ambassadors will assist and support their peers on Tuesday and on Wednesday. Counseling services will be available throughout the week for students and staff members."
The decision comes just three days after 16-year-old Franklin student Alex Hribal was arrested and charged with stabbing and slashing 22 people at the school in a still-unexplained attack Wednesday morning. Four students remained in critical condition tonight.
Earlier today, the Franklin Regional school board sent out this statement:
"Our school district has experienced a tragedy beyond our understanding. We, the school directors, are shocked, heartbroken, and struggling to comprehend this disaster and cope with our grief. We love this district, and we join with the entire community in prayers for the recovery of the injured students as well as the strength to heal for all our students and their families. We are thankful for the quick response and courage of our staff, students, and first responders, many of whom showed exceptional bravery and dedication. They give us inspiration to move forward through our sorrow and the difficult days ahead in an atmosphere of strength and unity."
First Published April 12, 2014 10:33 AM