Students at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, made a triumphant return to their campus Thursday.
Students returned for regular classes only two days after a gunman opened fire in the school cafeteria, killing three students and seriously injuring two.
A crowd consisting of students, parents, and teachers gathered in the Chardon courthouse square early Thursday morning and quietly sang their school alma mater.
Then, wearing their school colors of red and black, they marched by the hundreds back to their school campus.
"I'm just scared for everybody and I don't know how everybody is going to act going back into school," Theodore Rosch, 16, a freshman, said.
Charges were filed Thursday against the 17-year-old suspect, T.J. Lane. Lane could be charged as an adult and face the possibility of life without parole if convicted.
Neighbors and friends expressed disbelief at how Lane could be the suspect, describing him as someone who had really turned his life around.
"He went from flunking out, from what I understand, to almost a straight-A student with honors, and he was going to graduate a year early," said Russ Miller.
Miller said he has known Lane for more than a decade and lives near Jack Nolan, Lane's grandfather. Nolan has familial custody of the teenager.
"He was a typical 17-year-old," Miller said. "He didn't really know what he wanted to do in his life."
He said Lane didn't smoke, drink, or do drugs and is "kind of a health nut."
Steve Sawczak, a pastor who has worked with troubled children and lives next to the Nolans, said he never saw hints of trouble from Lane. He said the grandparents gave Lane a healthy place to live and have been left shocked and devastated.