Teachers heading back to class in La Loche one month after school shooting
LA LOCHE, Sask. – Teachers are to return to a school in northern Saskatchewan one month after a shooting that killed four people.
The Northern Lights School Division said in a release that teachers are to be back at the La Loche Community School on Feb. 22.
An open house will be held the day after for elementary students, and classes will resume for them shortly after.
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No date has been set for the return of high school students, but the division says staff are looking at options for how to make up lost class time.
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The community has asked that RCMP be present when students return, and increased security thereafter.
The school has been closed since the Jan. 22 shooting.
Interim Mayor Kevin Janvier said 20 to 30 grief counsellors have been helping the community with the healing process.
Two teenage brothers were shot dead in a home and a teacher and an aide were killed at the high school in the Dene community.
Seven other people were wounded in the shooting. Three continue to recover in a Saskatoon hospital.
There were calls for the building to be torn down but the community’s interim mayor has since retracted the statement saying emotions were running high at the time.
“We’re pulling through, and at the same time we don’t want to stall the education of these students,” said Janvier.
A 17-year-old boy is facing four charges of first-degree murder and seven charges of attempted murder. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Feb. 22.
With files from Global News
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