Sexton HS Students Return to School Following Shooting

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

If you just looked at the faces in Sexton High School, Wednesday morning, you would never know a shooting took place just off school grounds, the day before.

But with their classmates in the hospital as a result, there was bound to be some uncertainty as the remaining 800 'Big Reds' headed to their first classes. For 11th grader Niterria Roland, just stepping onto school grounds brought back the memories of what she'd heard the day before.

"Me and a couple of friends were sitting in front of the school, waiting on the bus and we heard six or seven gunshots go off and I saw kids running," said Roland. "I was nervous and scared because a lot of my friends walk that way when they go home."

Like many others who got off the bus, Roland had to quickly get her emotions in check as she headed into school.

"I'm going to try and stay focused because I'm very unfocused right now. My mind is still boggling," she said.

Lansing Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul says moving forward is tough, but adds the school has no choice.

"If you stopped, you would just be honoring this type of behavior," said Caamal Canul. "My idea is that we move forward, we work with the other kids who are here at the school."

To help them along, members of the community surrounding Sexton High School lined the school's front steps, carrying signs of support as students returned to school, Wednesday.

"We wanted to show support to our administrators, our students, our teachers," said Bill Morris, a Sexton alumnus who helped organize the group. "We love them, we want them to have a wonderful experience and we want school to be school."

Morris and Caamal Canul say school and lessons learned from incidents like the one on Tuesday are where the education against violence starts.

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