After the tragic shooting Monday that took the lives of three students and left two others wounded, the students of Ohio's Chardon High returned to school Friday.
As students returned, there were noticeable differences within the school and cafeteria where the shooting took place. The cafeteria was repainted and tables were rearranged to alter the look of the room, according to CNN. The table where the shooting began remains unmoved and covered in flowers and stuffed animals.
Police and grief counselors were throughout the school to assist students still coping with the week's events, and the principal led a moment of silence.
School superintendent Joseph Bergant told CNN that staff spent two days working on the transition, expressing confidence that they'll be ready to provide comfort and support to those still trying to make sense of this week's carnage.
The United Way of Geauga County told MSNBC they have raised more than $260,000 for the Chardon Healing Fund. The funds will be used to support both the families directly impacted and the healing of the community, according to the website.
T.J. Lane, 17, was charged Thursday with three counts of aggravated murder, two of attempted aggravated murder and one of felonious assault. The felonious assault is related to a student who was nicked in the ear by a bullet, the Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney David Joyce told CNN.
The murder charges state that the teenager purposely and with prior calculation and design fatally shot three people while at Chardon High.
His lawyer has been quoted as saying his client is now distraught and filled with remorse
Lane's next court appearance is scheduled for March 6 and a hearing March 19 will discuss a motion to transfer the case to an adult court, where he could face a maximum sentence of life without parole.
Lane's friends have expressed that he had a troubled childhood, with both of his parents being charged with domestic violence against each other. According to CNN, his father served prison time for assaulting a police officer and was charged with holding a different woman under running water and bashing her head into a wall.
I think there's a lot of kids that go through things like that. That doesn't give them the right to kill other people, Bob Parmertor, a victim's grandfather, told CNN. There are five families, including ours, that have been affected by this. No one has the right to shoot other people because they've had a rough life.
According to MSNBC, the town of 5,000 banned together at a basketball game Thursday night. Prior to tip off, the opposing team wore black Chardon T-shirts and the two teams stood together as one.