OLATHE, Kan. — Days after an 18-year-old student is accused of shooting an administrator and school resource officer at Olathe East High School, students and staff returned to the building and were welcomed by members of the community.
Parents with signs showing support for the Olathe East community stood outside as they walked in to the building.
A group of alumni greeted students as they arrived at Olathe East Monday morning. The school district said it planned to continue offering counseling to students and staff this week.
Members of the Olathe, Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission Father’s Club were on hand to offer support to those who need it.
Overland Park’s Crisis Action Team was also at the school Monday. The team brought therapy dog Haven, and said the pup gave and received a lot of hugs Monday. Haven is a rescued black lab. The dog has been specially trained to provide support during emotional times like this one.
Inside, they were welcomed with coffee and boxes of Daylight Donuts.
The city of Olathe also announced that the 119th Street bridge over Interstate 35 will be illuminated in blue and orange for the remainder of the week. Those are Olathe East’s school colors.
Wednesday, March 9 is Orange & Blue day in the district. Leaders encourage all students, staff, families and community members to wear one of the colors and show support for Olathe East.