Santa Fe High School students return amid support, anxiety

Classes resumed at Santa Fe High School, less than two weeks after a student shot and killed 10 people there. Returning students were greeted by supporters holding signs saying "Santa Fe Strong" and "United We Stand."


The school district has pledged counseling resources as well as additional officers on campus.

“Multiple law enforcement agencies from across the state will be providing additional security, and we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment so as a community we can heal,” according to a statement issued last week from Patti Hanssard, assistant superintendent for human resources and public relations with the Santa Fe Independent School District.

Students had mixed emotions about returning to school.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever be ready to go back to school,” said senior Kaitlyn Richards, who evacuated during the shooting on May 18.

“But I don’t want that last day to be my last memory of my senior year. I just want to know I can see all my classmates once again,” she told CNN affiliate KTRK.

The last day of school is Thursday and graduation is scheduled for Friday, according to the school district’s website.

Some students told local media that they wanted to graduate at their campus and that they wanted to see their classmates and friends for the final days of school.

Police say Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, killed eight students and two teachers, and injured 13 others at his school with a shotgun and a pistol. He is charged with multiple counts of capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant. Pagourtzis confessed that he acted alone in the shooting, according to a probable cause affidavit.

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