Austin-East students return to school with counseling available

Austin-East Magnet High School had counseling available for students as they returned to school on Wednesday.
Two students head to school for special counseling services.
Two students head to school for special counseling services.(Abby Kousouris)
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 6:08 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Wednesday, April 21 was the first time all Austin-East Magnet High School students were welcomed back into their school building after a fatal officer-involved Austin-East shooting that left 17-year-old Anthony Thompson Jr. dead and a Knoxville Police Department officer hospitalized with a gunshot wound.

Students were able to meet with counselors and break off into smaller groups, according to Knox County Schools.

“We understand that you may still be coping with the events of last Monday, but please know that we are here for our students. We have worked with district officials to develop a plan that we believe will best serve our students and staff,” said Principal Nathan Langlois in a letter sent to students.

The high school will be implementing the following additional safety measures as students return to the building on Wednesday:

• All students will be searched and wanded with metal detectors by school security upon arrival daily.

• All entrances and exits will be alarmed.

• Personnel will be assigned to appropriate outside locations.

The clear backpack policy will remain in place.

Students will go back to their regular schedules and standardized testing will resume for students on Thursday, April 22.

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