More than 1,000 students are making their way back to Abbotsford Senior Seconday Monday.
It’s the first time they’ve walked the hallways since last Tuesday’s tragic stabbing left one 13-year-old teenager dead, and a 14-year-old wounded.
Grade 12 student Brandon Dubois says he feels anxious and he’s concerned about security.
“Feels weird, you know, puts us back into what happened on Tuesday. Feels like just weird, you know.”
Student Amusan Nayer says it’ll be a tough day for many.
“It’s going to tough walking into those doors again. Thinking ‘Oh, this is where it took place’. For me, personally, I think I just have to stay strong… I’m not an emotional person, we have to be the people that help other people to get through it.”
Students will attend a half-day, and begin in the same classroom they were in when the lockdown began.
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Mitchell Bergen says he doesn’t fear for his safety, but it may bring back unwanted memories.
“It’s going to be tough, because you’re in the same place where everything happened. I don’t cry a lot, so I’m going to have to be a supporter and just help people.”
Abbotsford Senior Sec will re-open its doors tomorrow following tragic attack last Tuesday, half day tom. How are students/parents feeling?Bergen’s mom Margita says she feels safe sending her 13-year-old son back to school.
“The guy could be out on the loose and that’s what would make us worry but he’s not, so we feel very safe. We just think the school has done everything it can and the police have done a very wonderful job.”
Abbotsford Senior Sec will re-open its doors tomorrow following tragic attack last Tuesday, half day tom. How are students/parents feeling? pic.twitter.com/8ySqP8mPVl
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Last Tuesday Gabriel Klein, a man with no fixed address, allegedly walked into the school, and stabbed two girls. One survived, but Letisha Reimer died of her injuries.
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun acknowledges that Monday will be a challenging, emotional time for students.
“We’re going to take this a day at a time. My understanding is there isn’t going to be any instruction. This will be just for students to go to their lockers, be together in community. This is going to be a tough day, there’s no question about this.”
Braun says to his understanding it will be a half day, with counselling and mental health specialists on hand.