Students return to building after DeKalb Co. school shooting - CBS46 News

Students return to building after DeKalb Co. school shooting

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The school building that became the scene of a shootout between a heavily armed man and police officers reopened Thursday morning, two days after the incident.

"I'm just a little nervous for her. She's a little nervous," said parent Keisha Porter as she walked her daughter to McNair Discovery Learning Academy.

She said she's been reassuring her daughter that everything will be all right.

"The teachers are here to protect you. As long as you pay attention to the teachers and do what they ask you to do, you should be OK."

DeKalb County police investigators finished processing the scene at the school on Wednesday, and school leaders worked on security enhancements.

"We just wanted to make it a little bit tighter," said the school's principal Brian Bolden. "We just wanted to make everything as tight as possible in the building. Nothing was changed. We did all the cosmetic things from yesterday just to make sure that there would be no issues at all."

According to police, a heavily armed Michael Brandon Hill, 20, slipped into the front entrance of the school Tuesday, perhaps as he followed closely behind someone who had access to the building.

Hill started making demands, police said, and exchanged gunfire with responding police officers. Hill eventually surrendered, police said. No one was hurt. When officers found possible explosives in a car parked out front, the children were evacuated from the building.

Fourth-grade student Xaria Victor told CBS Atlanta News that she's had nightmares for the past two nights. But she said she felt comfortable coming back to the school "now the police are here to make sure that nobody can get hurt in case of an emergency."

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