NOBLESVILLE, Ind— Several school districts throughout Indiana are heading back to class this morning, and that includes Noblesville.
It’s been less than three months since a student gunman opened fire in a classroom, injuring teacher Jason Seaman and student Ella Whistler. Both are expected to be at school this morning and are looking forward to getting back to their normal routine.
Since the shooting, school officials have made several safety enhancements.
Some of those include:
- Additional school resource officers
- Increased focus on mental health
- Restricting the use of backpacks
- Limiting visitor access
- Wand metal detectors will be used on a case-by-case basis
- Elimination of all portable classrooms
Principal Stacey Swan issued this statement:
"Noblesville West Middle school students and staff are excited to be back at school. We want everyone to know how grateful we are for the outpouring of support over the last two months. We feel fortunate to see exactly how generous and caring Noblesville and the surrounding areas can be. Most importantly, we want the world to know that one day in our history will not define us. It is true that we are a part of a truly unfortunate statistic, but we are so much more than this. We will continue to defy the odds and prove what we already knew.
"Noblesville West is an incredible place where students love coming to school. We are putting last year behind us and looking forward to the 2018-19 school year and all the wonderful memories we will make."
Officials also want to make continued safety changes in the future. This fall, residents will vote on a $50 million dollar referendum that would replace an existing referendum passed in 2016.
If approved, the operating referendum tax rate would go from 18.9 cents to 37 cents.
You can find out more details about the upcoming referendum here.