I don't think there's a reason in the world why the Pennsylvania state board of education wouldn't grant the waiver

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Sometimes I am critical of decisions made by schools or state educators. I guess I shouldn't say anything because I have no children -- although I do have a niece and a nephew. But I think an upcoming decision by the Pennsylvania state Department of Education will be a slam-dunk in anyone's book.

The Associated Press is reporting that officials at Franklin Regional Senior High School near Pittsburgh have sought a waiver of the required 180 days of attendance for students annually.

Why?

Because on April 9, sophomore Alex Hribal, 16, described as "really shy," came into the school and went on a stabbing and slashing spree that injured 21 students and a security guard before he was subdued.

Assistant Principal Sam King tackled him and School Resource Officer William "Buzz" Yakshe handcuffed him.

The AP says the high school's students missed four days of attendance -- April 9, the day of the attacks, counted because the school day was interrupted. Combined with five snow days earlier in the year puts the school under the 180-day mark.

I know it's likely just a formality for school officials to make the request but there likely has to be something in writing.

I know that I would surely be somewhat wary of going back into a school where my friends and classmates were stabbed.

It says a great deal about the students who were able to gather their wits and return to school, especially with some of their classmates still in critical condition in Forbes Regional Medical Center.

There have been too many incidents where students had to go back to the same building where tragedies similar to this occurred. The only place that readily comes to mind that demolished the school building was Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

I just hope that we all can get through the rest of the school year with no more tragedies.

I won't be going to Easter midnight Mass this weekend -- that was a once-in-a-lifetime event for me that I will never forget but I will pray for all the students over this Easter weekend.

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