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Freeman students welcomed back to school with open arms

ROCKFORD, Wash. - As students and their families returned to Freeman High School Monday morning, they were greeted by the sight of two blue Freeman flags, a reminder of how the tight knit community remains Freeman strong.

Students, parents, and faculty members gathered outside the main entrance, bowing their heads in prayer, to remember the young life lost, and the three other students injured in the shooting.

Law enforcement members were on hand, acting as a safety blanket for the entire Freeman community, as it began the long process of healing.

“It's going to be a long, long time for them to work their way through this,” said Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. “These things don't go away overnight. It'll be awhile.”

Moments before the start of school at 8:15 a.m., students lined up along the sidewalk and walked arm and arm into the high school, through a human tunnel of parents and other community members, and a stirring round of applause.

Law enforcement was at the school to support them through it all.

“Help them recover, help them get through this,” said Knezovich. “We have the investigation piece of this that we're still working on. So there's a lot of things left to do and a lot of healing yet to do.”

Embracing Freeman families was what Monday morning was all about, as they walk together on the road to recovery.