RICHMOND, Indiana (WDTN) – Dennis Intermediate School students returned to class Monday after their winter break came to an end.
The break was slightly longer after 14-year-old Brandon Clegg got into a shoot-out with Richmond Police on December 13.
Police pursued Clegg after he shot a window open behind the school. Clegg later committed suicide and was never injured by police.
A little less than a month later, students are back in the halls.
This morning parents lined the sidewalk in solidarity, some parents even shedding tears as they showed their support for the student body.
“What’s going to happen next? What may come next?,” said one parent.
In weeks since the shooting, Richmond Schools have provided counselors and therapy dogs to students. Most recently, the district held a community family night on Friday.
Some parents in Richmond are turning to faith as their kids return to school.
“We need to continue to pray and ask God to keep his hands on this school. And all the schools in the world… and all the children in this world that are going to these schools,” said one parent.
The school district says they are actively looking to improve security at their schools. Most recently they purchased a new visitor management system which requires pass cards to enter any school building.