“We could never have asked a child to go back or a teacher to go back to that school,” McLaughlin said.
According to Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, demolishing schools has become so common after mass shootings that a federal grant process is available.
Gutierrez told KSAT-TV in May that even the existence of such a process is disappointing.
“What kind of world are we living in, the law was made to break these schools?” They said.
Other schools have also taken the route of destroying buildings after a mass tragedy.
“In many cases, these schools are closed or completely renovated to reduce painful reminders for members of the community,” said the Center for Violence Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
It is not clear when Rob Elementary School will be demolished and whether it will be replaced by another school or a monument or other building will take its place.
Meanwhile, survivors of the attack will attend classes at other schools in the school district.
District superintendent Hal Harrell has drawn up plans to make schools safer.
But some families are still not feeling comfortable to return and are shifting to other districts or taking online classes. According to KSAT-TV, a total of 416 students have been transferred from the district, and 136 have enrolled in virtual education.
Here’s a look at what happened at other schools after the horrific attacks:
sandy hook elementary school
Attack date: 14 December 2012
place: Newtown, Connecticut
Number of victims killed: 26 (including 20 children aged 6 and 7 and six adults)
What happened at school: The whole school was torn down and rebuilt.
Three weeks after the gruesome attack, students from Sandy Hook traveled to the nearby town of Monroe and began attending classes at Chalk Hill Middle School, which was no longer being used as a middle school.
Four years after the massacre, a newly built Sandy Hook Elementary opened for students—including fourth graders who were kindergarteners during the bloodbath.
Columbine High School
Attack date: 20 April 1999
place: Littleton, Colorado
Number of victims killed: 13 (including 12 students and one teacher)
What happened at school: Columbine High School was closed for the rest of the school year. Officials said the attack damaged about 23,000 square feet of the school and left an estimated 900 to 1,000 bullet and shrapnel holes in the walls and ceiling.
Four months later, at the start of the new school year, most schools reopened – except for the library, where most of the massacre took place. This was demolished and replaced with a newly built school library, called the Hope Library.
Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School
Attack date: February 14, 2018
place: Parkland, Florida
Number of victims killed: 17 (including 14 students and three staff members)
What happened at school: The students returned to campus two weeks after the massacre. But the school’s Building 12, where most of the victims died, was closed behind emergency tape and its windows were covered.
A new building later replaced the temporary classrooms that the students were using in the wake of the slaughter.
Santa Fe High School
Attack date: 18 May 2018
place: Santa Fe, Texas
Number of victims killed: 10 (including eight students and two teachers)
What happened at school: Students returned after 11 days of bloodshed.
Even though there were only two days left in the school year, senior Caitlyn Richards said she didn’t want her high school career to end with carnage.
“I don’t know if we’ll ever be ready to go back to school,” she told CNN affiliate KTRK on the day school resumed.
“But I don’t want that last day to be the last memory of my senior year. I just want to know that I can see all my classmates one more time.”
CNN’s Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.