Students and faculty of Hug High School in Reno were back at school today, one day after a 14-year-old student was shot by a campus police officer after threatening students with knives.
Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports on what the district is doing in response to yesterday’s events.
School counselors, social workers and even therapy dogs were all on campus of Hug High School today to provide support to students and faculty.
Katherine Loudon is the coordinator of school counseling for the district. She says for the most part, people are trying to move forward.
“There is learning taking place at Hug today. There is some laughter," she says. "And it’s important for people to know that that’s occurring.”
Loudon says a debrief is scheduled with counselors, mental health providers and school administration to come up with a plan to address the community’s needs.
Earlier today, Superintendent Traci Davis made an official statement, calling the incident "heartbreaking," and defended the district’s emergency planning measures.
“Our schools constantly practice, drill, improve and refine our emergency procedures," she says. "And those practices prepared us well for yesterday’s events.”
The incident is being investigated by the Reno Police Department, along with assistance from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Sparks Police Department.