It will be a daunting experience for students on Tuesday when they return to the Pennsylvania high school where the violent and bloody knife attacks unfolded, leaving 22 injured and four still in critical condition.
According to a statement by school officials, Franklin Regional High School will offer students the opportunity to walk through the halls with their families on Tuesday before the school officially reopens on Wednesday per NBC.
Ryan Bailey, a student at Franklin, said he is still struggling with processing the painful events that took place, but he hopes Tuesday’s walk through will assist he and his friends in coping with the tragedy.
“I hope that on Tuesday, when students can go to the high school and walk around, it will start to set in,” Bailey said.
Wednesday marks the one week anniversary of the horrific events when Alex Hribal, 16, brandished two kitchen knives and went on a slashing and stabbing spree, wounding 21 fellow students and a security guard and it is also the day the students will be returning to class.
A prayer service is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m. before the opening bell rings, said Travis Deans, a coordinator of the National Network of Youth Ministries.
A worship music service is also being held on the football field lead by local musician and fellow Franklin alumni, Noah Rabe.
Rabe is hopeful that the prayer and music service will bring a sense of calm to the adolescents on Wednesday, adding “even the strongest of the students will be uneasy.”
“They’ve told me life has been a blur since Wednesday,” Rabe said. “Every student I’ve talked to has had an unsure and frightened tone in their voice, even if we’re not talking about the stabbings.”
While it will be painful to return, “there is nothing that the district could do to make me feel safer,” Ryan Bailey said. “It is terrible what happened on Wednesday, but nothing could have been done to prevent it.”
“Our school district has experienced a tragedy beyond our understanding,” Franklin Regional District Superintendent Dr. Gennaro Piraino said in a statement.
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SOURCE: American Live Wire