January 18, 2005
Another sign Graniteville is getting back to normal…Leavelle McCampbell Middle School and Byrd Elementary reopened today. Among the parents bringing back their children was Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt.
It’s back to school after an unplanned break. Many come by bus, or in mom’s minivan. Coming with a police escort of sort was Michael Hunt, Jr., a.k.a. the sheriff’s son.
“It’s one step getting back to normal as far as the community goes and that’s what we want to do,” Sheriff Michael Hunt said.
Algebra teacher Glenn Sanders is getting a chance to thank his old student for his recent work. Sanders was once the sheriff’s algebra teacher.
“It just makes me feel good to see one of my former students in a leadership role, and not only in a leadership role, but taking on such an important task as this major effort and he did it real well and I’m very proud of him,” Sanders said.
Instead of teaching math right away to his current students, Sanders takes time to talk about the recent events, as do teachers and staff across the school.
“When you have a young teenager like that they have all of these things building up in them and they need to get it out,” Sanders said.
Like any day in a middle school, gossip fills the halls. But today it’s different: don’t drink the water, don’t eat the food. Not true, but still rumors that must be squelched.
“I got a drink out of the drink machine and it was fine. I drank it and I’m still going,” Sanders said.
Teachers are confident students will soon understand the school tested clean. And the distractions can move on to more normal things, like who has a crush on whom.