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Holley-Navarre students return to school after beloved teacher's death
HOLLEY-NAVARRE -- Monday was the first day back for Holley-Navarre Middle School students. Deputies say over the break, science teacher, Sharon Aydelott was stabbed to death and beaten with a baseball bat.. Several guidance counselors were on hand to talk to students and fellow teachers, The hallways certainly weren't the same and it wasn't easy passing by room 315. Sharon Adyelott's classroom looks pretty much exactly how she left it. "She's got stuff hanging from ceilings, lots of stuff students have made over the years." said Principal Joie Destefano.
However, seeing the desk empty, is a harsh reminder their beloved science teacher will never be in that classroom again. She was murdered on Christmas Eve. Deputies say her son, William Brandon Aydelott admitted to stabbing her and beating her with a baseball bat. 8 guidance counselors were spread throughout the school to talk to the children. Lead crisis intervention counselor, Wende Brewer said, "They've heard it, they've held vigils, they know its real. But when you walk back into a classroom, it really hits you a second time."
That's why the school really isn't changing her classroom and they are replacing her with a familiar teacher who just returned from maternity leave. Principal Destefano said, "You don't want students to come in and make it seem like we want to forget she ever existed, that would not be a healthy response.
They allowed the students to mourn, spending the day writing her notes, bringing flowers and celebrating her life. The principal said, " Today is definitely a little different for us. We've scrapped academics. Most of the activities are centered around remembrances."
Sharon's passion was education. The school is now starting a scholarship fund. They originally planned to raise $500 for flowers for her funeral through YouCaring. com, but they now have raised close to $6000.
The guidance counselors will be at the school throughout the week and will stay longer if needed.