CHARDON, Ohio -- Three days after tragedy, a unified Chardon High student body gathered with parents and made a difficult but hopeful walk back to school.
The students and parents congregated in Chardon Square before beginning their journey to Chardon High School.
With classes starting on Friday, the students did not have to go back to school today. Most did so, however, as a way to take another giant step in the healing process. They did it together -- hundreds of students with parents, faculty and administrators. It was an impressive scene that sent an impressive message to the entire world.
Grief counselors were waiting at the high school for the children and their parents. The school opened its doors at 10 a.m.
Anxiety is still ever present, but CHS students, and the entire community for that matter, have shown resiliency, hopefulness and kindness despite fear-inducing tragedy.
They have gathered as a group at vigils and to put up ribbons around the city. Students from other schools have also expressed support. The kids promise never to forget what happened, but to move forward as a way to honor their fallen friends.
Counselors were also made available Thursday for elementary and middle school students and their parents. They too return to class on Friday.
Roughly an hour after the high school students made their way back to the building that was turned into a crime scene earlier this week, representatives from three of the families impacted by the shootings addressed the media from Classic Park in Eastlake.
Also today, charges are expected to be filed against confessed lone gunman T.J. Lane.