NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Students and staff in need of a boost certainly got one Tuesday morning.
As students returned to Noblesville High School, they found inspirational messages written in chalk on the sidewalks. The uplifting display coordinated by teenagers hoping to show support for their fellow classmates.
"We wanted to be able to welcome our classmates back with encouraging messages to let them know they’re not alone with whatever they’re feeling, that we’re strong and we’re all together as a community," said Aubrie Ginther, a junior at Noblesville High School.
Noblesville students are returning to school following the Friday shooting at Noblesville West Middle School that left a student and teacher wounded. A male student was detained.
Noblesville police said Monday that they would have extra officers at every elementary, middle and high school location to help students and staff feel more at ease. Counselors will also be available for those who want to talk about Friday’s shooting.
"There were a lot of hugs and tears in the hallways today,' said Braden Caswell, a junior at the high school. "It will be a process but I think we’re getting there."
Noblesville West Middle School will remain closed, but counselors will be available there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Some of the messages scrawled in chalk include:
- “It’s a great day to be a Miller.”
- “Overflow this place with love.”
- “You can do this.”
- “This will NOT defeat us.”
- “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
- “We are the change.”
- “Change is coming. Teachers are heroes. #NoblesvilleStrong.”
High school students also found positive notes posted on their lockers.
"Some of them said 'you’re loved,' 'you’re strong' and 'fear not' and 'love conquers all,'" Ginther said. " I think that was the teachers that did that."