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Reynolds students pick up belongings left behind after shooting


Students at Reynolds High School had to leave behind many of their belongings Tuesday morning after a shooting on campus.

Tuesday night, many students were able to retrieve their things at Reynolds Middle School. The items, like backpacks, that were left outside the high school were taken to the middle school gym.

"I left all my school stuff behind," said Alice Erickson, a student who came to claim her things.

While waiting in a line hundreds of people long, students and their parents reflected about the shooting that killed a freshman and the gunman who is also dead.

"I don't want to go back to school," said Erickson. "It's really scary."

Parents' nerves were also still rattled.

"It's kind of hard because you never know what might be lurking around the next corner," said Ronda Jessie, who brought her kids to get their belongings. "Is there going to be another shooting?"

The Red Cross called in the Cascade Canine Crisis Response team to mingle with the students. They provide certified therapy dogs to help people cope with tragedy.

"Dogs bring out the best in people and in some of the darkest moments, so it's kind of transcendent," said Terry McCabe, one of the handlers.

More dark moments are what many fear the most, and they're searching for answers about how more violence can be prevented.

"When we went to school (decades ago) you were safe at school and you were safe at home," said Mary Ann Erickson, a parent. "Here, you're not even safe at school. Something has to be done."

Only belongings left outside of the school were able to be picked up. All the items left inside will remain there until police allow students back in the building. It's unclear when that will be. Many people were unaware of that limitation and left empty-handed.

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