RICHMOND, Ind. (WDNT) – Dennis Intermediate School students were back on school grounds Wednesday for the first time since the attempted school shooting about a week prior.
However, the kids did not report back to the intermediate school, instead they came to the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School.
One mom to a Dennis Intermediate student said she knows her daughter still needs some time to recover from last Thursday.
Indiana State Police say 14-year-old Brandon Clegg went into Dennis Intermediate School with weapons and exchanged gunfire with officers before turning the gun on himself.
Shelle Emmons said that it is a day that is engraved in her daughter’s memory.
“When it first happened it was really tough,” said Emmons. “She told me that she thought she was going to die. She said they were hiding under their desks and they had sharpened pens and pencils to make weapons and had scissors. They were prepared to fight.”
To help the students’ return, the school district provided therapy dogs and counseling as well as watching movies and skating.
And the high school students used breaks between classes to decorate and make the Tiernan Center a little more welcoming for the Dennis students.
“We made cards for them put them on the doors because we knew they were coming today,” said Richmond High senior, Taylor Cruze. “We put them all in the gym and decorated the gym for them and it’s pretty amazing. I actually went in there today and they were really happy about it.”
Cruze’s little sister is a Dennis Intermediate student so Cruze is seeing firsthand the impact it is having on these kids but also how it’s bringing the community together.
“It’s really beautiful how people that I wouldn’t even know are coming up to me and being like ‘how’s your sister, is she okay,” said Cruze.
The Dennis Intermediate building is undergoing repairs, but the Richmond Community schools superintendent, Dr. Todd Terrill, said it should be ready to go when students return January 7.