Teachers return to La Loche Community School on Tuesday

By JT Marshall/CKOM Staff
September 4, 2016 - 4:03pm

The tight-knit community of La Loche will try to move on from a devastating school shooting when it starts a new year on Tuesday.

The community was shaken on Jan. 22, 2016 when four people died, including two teachers and two brothers, and another seven were injured.

From Grades 7 to 12, 48 teachers are returning to Dene High School this school year. We don't know how many are returning to Ducharme (kindergarten to grade six). Both schools are on the same campus but are in separate buildings.

"I feel safe in this community," said Nathan Peardon, one of the two new teachers hired at Dene High School. "People are really friendly and are super easy going."

Peardon, from Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, said he gets the sense the shock of the tragedy has brought the community closer.

"With the new year everybody wants to move forward," he said. "We want the past to be in the past and move on."

Peardon said they've already been given a twoday training course on threat assessment and trauma response to prepare them for the year.

They were trained by Kevin Cameron, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response in Lethbridge, AB. 

"He's a really intelligent man," Peardon said. "I learned a lot from him."

La Loche Community School has an enrollment of 900 students and a support staff of 110.


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