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Students return to school at Fern Creek, administrators say it's back to business as usual

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LOUIVSILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Other than the extra police presence, it was back business as usual at Fern Creek on Wednesday, just a day after a student was shot and the school was locked down and then evacuated. That's what administrators, students and parents were hoping would happen.

Randy Coulter owns Crown Trophy right behind Fern Creek High School, but that's not the only reason he was concerned during Tuesday's shooting there.

“I first got word though a text message because you know how all the kids are with their phones, I got a text message from my daughter,” Coulter said. "I have a second grader at the elementary school and then I have a junior at the high school and a senior at the high school."

From outside his store, Coulter watched and listened as the drama unfolded after the shooting and he says his daughters continued to update him via text.

“They had crossed that path about one minute prior to that taking place and saw the argument," he said.

24-hours later the suspected shooter is in jail, the victim is still recovering and students, faculty, and staff were back in school.

School Principal Dr. Nate Meyer says by showing up on Wednesday, both his staff and students showed they're commitment to moving forward.

“Today is business as usual at fern creek, in terms of we are running a regular school day, we have practices after school, we have games after school," Principal Meyer said. “We have nearly perfect attendance with our teachers, it's something we are very proud of and we're expecting good attendance from our kids too."

Attendance following the shooting dropped from 90 to about 80 percent, we talked to a few of the students who did show up to hear what, if any, concerns they had.

"There is still a little tension in the school but I believe in our staff,” senior Paige Scheler said, “our staff is a great bunch of people. I feel safe today."

"There's a little bit different of a day, but we all feel safe," Aneissa Coulter said.

Meanwhile, parents like Randy Coulter appreciate the extra police presence but also feel pretty confident dropping their children off at the school.

"I am pretty familiar with the school; I am a graduate of the school. I keep track of it pretty well," Randy said. “I really didn't have any problem; I talked to each one of my children last night individually and asked the how they felt about it and what they were feeling."

A letter was sent home with students district-wide on Wednesday, letting parents know what's being done to keep students safe going forward.

The county attorney is in the process of trying to have the suspect in the shooting transferred to adult court.

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