Extra security, counselors at Santa Fe High School as students return

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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Santa Fe ISD says security will be tight as students return to the high school for the first time since the May 18 shooting.

SANTA FE, Texas -- It's expected to be an emotional day for students as they return to Santa Fe High School on Tuesday.

It will be the first time they've stepped back on campus for classes since the May 18 shooting that killed 10 people and injured 13 more.

Santa Fe ISD says security will be tight. State troopers and extra officers will be at every campus in the district.

Crisis counselors will be available for staff and students. The district says counselors will stay as long as needed.

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Over the weekend, many communities held vigils to honor the lives lost in the Santa Fe High School shooting.

Meanwhile, some students say they have mixed emotions about going back to the school. "It'll help us have closure because I don't think our last day of high school should be such a bad memory," said student Katie Oldham.

"That day should not be the defining moment of our senior year. It shouldn't be the last memory before we graduate. I definitely have mixed emotions about going back, but it will help to move on and be stronger than this," student Kaitlyn Richards told ABC13.

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Santa Fe students are also on the minds of other students and school districts.

Alvin students and their parents will be at Santa Fe High School to welcome back everyone as they return to classes.

Alvin High School students were encouraged to wear green and gold and bring signs bearing messages of support.

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Santa Fe ISD has resources for families and staff if they have questions about returning to the campus.

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