CHARDON -- When classes resume at Chardon High School on Friday, there will be a police presence.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said the police presence will remain at the school for an undetermined amount of time-- potentially the rest of the school year, if needed.
This comes in light of Monday's deadly shootings in which three students were fatally wounded.
The suspect, 17-year-old T.J. Lane,faces numerous charges for the incident, including three counts of aggravated murder.
Throughout the week, the Chardon community has banded together to show their love and support during this time of healing. Everywhere you look, the town is washed with red and black ribbons -- the school's colors. Signs of love and support dot front lawns. Flags remain at half-staff in town.
Early Thursday morning hundreds of students walked alongside their parents from the town square to the high school, going back inside for the first time since Monday's shootings.
"I watched families walk to the school holding hands," Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland said. "I watched people helping each other come back into the school. It was an incredible spirit of Chardon. I'll never forget that. This is why we live here. This is why we call Chardon our home, for this spirit."