By Peter Macdiarmid A NEWSTANDING story of the high school students who are returning to their classrooms and attending classes again is being used as a cautionary tale about the dangers of using school closures as an excuse to cut back on services.
The high school drama school at Lakewood High School in Forsyth County, North Carolina, closed for about two weeks earlier this month after its principal and principal’s assistant were found dead in their home.
After that, about 200 students were sent home for a month.
One of those students was the school’s first female principal.
She was in the process of transitioning to a new role when her boyfriend, who is also the principal, was found dead on the second floor of the building.
Students said they feared being raped in the school and they said the school did not have proper fire protection, according to a police report released in December.
But students said they were confident the school would reopen this week, and they are starting to return to class.
They are back in class again, according.
It is not clear why they have not been able to return.
Lakewood Principal and Principal’s Assistant Sarah Hildebrandt was found on December 11, 2016, by her boyfriend.
She died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according the police report.
“She was a very bright young lady who cared deeply about her students,” said teacher Laura Lillis.
“[She was] a loving mother to so many, and she was a friend of mine.
We miss her terribly.
She will be sorely missed.”
Lakewood was placed on a lockdown for about three weeks in March after the deaths of two of its female principals, after a series of other high school deaths.
In May, the school reopened for the first time since the summer of 2016.
More:Lakewood is now open to students again, but the principal is not back in the classroom, Lillas said.
“There are no new safety protocols, there is no new security, and we have no plans to resume classes,” Lillars said.
As of December 31, more than 7,300 students had been released from Lakewood after the closure, according an Associated Press report.
“It was an amazing experience to see students come back, and I know that there will be many students who will be back again,” Principal Sarah Hildernbould said.