Students return to Aptos High after a 17-year-old was killed on Tuesday

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It was back to school Friday for Aptos High School students three days after one of their classmates was stabbed to death on campus by two fellow students, a 14 and 17-year old. “It was pretty sorrow and it was kind of sad for a lot of people and there was a memorial up there and everyone’s around it and it was really sad,” said Aptos freshman Levin Caris. Students said the focus wasn’t so much on studies but rather more on helping students and staff deal with the tragedy and mixed emotions. “They talked about different coping mechanisms with what was going on how everyone was feeling and how it’s OK to be sad,” said Aptos senior Will French. Grief counselors were on campus for anyone who might need them. “My tutorial teacher was actually talking about how she actually went to counseling at the school and it helped her a lot just dealing with it,” said Aptos freshman Graden Nelson.Students put up a memorial for their classmate who was killed, allegedly by a freshman and senior. Many wore black to mourn the loss. “Most people were just kind of keeping to themselves sort of, it just wasn’t the happiest kind of day because everyone was definitely somber and yea you could feel it,” French said.Students said campus security was also tight.“There was cops all around. I’ve seen four today one was down here just a second ago and they’re just all over making sure we’re ok and I’m thankful for it,” Caris said.As students were winding down the day the accused killers were being arraigned on murder charges. At a community forum the night before, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said both students have gang ties.Many are wondering whether the tragedy could’ve been prevented. One of the accused was recently involved in an on-campus fight and may have been on probation but the district did away with school resource officers last year.“We probably would’ve taken some real steps through the probation department and juvenile hall with that individual early on and had him removed from the campus,” Sheriff Hart said.Hart said it was likely that the criminal complaint against the accused killers would include gang enhancements.One of the minors, the 17-year old is old enough to be tried as an adult, but Friday prosecutors wouldn’t tell KSBW 8 if they plan on petitioning the court to have the minor tried as an adult.

It was back to school Friday for Aptos High School students three days after one of their classmates was stabbed to death on campus by two fellow students, a 14 and 17-year old.

“It was pretty sorrow and it was kind of sad for a lot of people and there was a memorial up there and everyone’s around it and it was really sad,” said Aptos freshman Levin Caris.

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Students said the focus wasn’t so much on studies but rather more on helping students and staff deal with the tragedy and mixed emotions.

“They talked about different coping mechanisms with what was going on how everyone was feeling and how it’s OK to be sad,” said Aptos senior Will French.

Grief counselors were on campus for anyone who might need them.

“My tutorial teacher was actually talking about how she actually went to counseling at the school and it helped her a lot just dealing with it,” said Aptos freshman Graden Nelson.

Students put up a memorial for their classmate who was killed, allegedly by a freshman and senior. Many wore black to mourn the loss.

“Most people were just kind of keeping to themselves sort of, it just wasn’t the happiest kind of day because everyone was definitely somber and yea you could feel it,” French said.

Students said campus security was also tight.

“There was cops all around. I’ve seen four today one was down here just a second ago and they’re just all over making sure we’re ok and I’m thankful for it,” Caris said.

As students were winding down the day the accused killers were being arraigned on murder charges. At a community forum the night before, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said both students have gang ties.

Many are wondering whether the tragedy could’ve been prevented. One of the accused was recently involved in an on-campus fight and may have been on probation but the district did away with school resource officers last year.

“We probably would’ve taken some real steps through the probation department and juvenile hall with that individual early on and had him removed from the campus,” Sheriff Hart said.

Hart said it was likely that the criminal complaint against the accused killers would include gang enhancements.

One of the minors, the 17-year old is old enough to be tried as an adult, but Friday prosecutors wouldn’t tell KSBW 8 if they plan on petitioning the court to have the minor tried as an adult.

Contributed by local news sources

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