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This is the second part of a two-part series that examines the aftermath of the Hoovers shooting and the broader issue of gun violence in America.
The first part: Why Hooving High School was a perfect place for a shooter?
By the time the shooter, Noah Aron Hulshof, opened fire on the school, students and staff were already locked down.
But the Hulschofs weren’t just armed with guns.
In addition to their rifles, Hulsbers had two shotguns and one pistol.
At least eight teachers were also inside the school.
And the gunman was carrying a backpack full of ammo.
The school was surrounded by security measures.
There were four perimeter fences and one high-rise.
The campus was in lockdown.
In the cafeteria, there was a closed-circuit television system.
And students were allowed to take their lunch break in the cafeteria.
But even the best of security measures could not stop a man who had no criminal record.
It was not only a matter of life and death for the Hui’s students and teachers.
It was also a matter for the community.
“We’re a community of people that are very, very close,” said former Hui student Alex Smith, “and this is not something that we should be in fear of.”
What you need as a parent: What is the importance of a good school environment?
Why was it a perfect setting for a lone gunman?
In the aftermath, many parents and school administrators expressed the sentiment that the HOOvers shooting was a tragedy, but it was also an opportunity.
Some expressed the hope that the school would not be a target for further attacks.
But others, like the father of one of the victims, expressed concern that the shooter would return.
“I think that it was more about the shooter and his ability to get in, get out,” said Andrew Bowers, the father.
“It’s an opportunity for the killer to get his hands on another gun.”
In the days after the shooting, many families of the wounded and injured children returned to their homes to find out the status of their children.
A new focus: the need for a strong, safe, and welcoming school environmentThe community responded to the HHO shooting with a focus on a strong and safe school environment.
More than 1,000 people rallied in support of HOOves students and families on Monday, and they held vigils at churches and at a local elementary school.
On the first day of school on Tuesday, the district released the following statement on the shooting:”We are thankful to all of the people who participated in the peaceful demonstrations.
These actions demonstrated the commitment and unity of the community to continue to heal and move forward as a community.”
A few days after, the HPOE held a school forum.
The forum was held to discuss the school environment, the importance and value of good school environments, and the role that students and educators play in their schools.
One of the speakers was former HOOver High student Jason Hulson, who attended the forum.
He shared his thoughts on the HMOE forum, which also focused on a need for more resources to help the students, staff and parents who have lost loved ones.
“It was a great time,” Hulsson said, “but there were a few things that I think I think the community really missed.”
He continued:”The forum was focused on the fact that this is a tragedy and there are a lot of families that lost their loved ones, and it was a really, really important time.”
It was also the day of the first of the three high school graduation ceremonies.
Students and faculty celebrated with a traditional HOOving High graduation, followed by a ceremony to honor those who have made a difference in the lives of the school’s students.
As the day went on, the students returned to school.
Some said they were glad to be back in their classrooms.
Others, however, were concerned about the safety of the students.
“We were worried about the students,” said a senior HOOven High student, “because we were worried they might have some problems.”
“There was a lot more than just the students that were in there,” he continued.
“There were a lot families that were at the school.”
The day after graduation, HOOved High hosted its first “Day of Prayer” in the gymnasium.
The prayer was intended to help students, faculty and staff of Hooves understand the impact the shooting has had on them and their families.
It was the first time the school has hosted a “Day on a Prayer,” a day where students and faculty are encouraged to come together