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Classes to resume at McNair Academy Thursday

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Classes will resume at McNair Discovery Academy on Thursday, two days after a gunman forced the evacuation of the DeKalb County school.

Police say Michael Brandon Hill went into the school on Tuesday armed with a gun and fired several shots. He was later arrested by authorities. No one was injured, but the incident forced the school to evacuate its students to a safe area.

About 145 students of the elementary school attended classes at McNair High School on Wednesday.

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond says it was a one-day solution for McNair Discovery students and staff. Any child who wasn't at the school Wednesday will have an excused absence in light of the frightening series of events on Tuesday.

"And I want parents to know that, number one, we have additional security in place. We are here with staff, principals. We will have grief counselors available for any kid that might have been traumatized by yesterday's events."

Thurmond said, "We're in school, your baby's will be safe, but if you decide not to bring your kid, there will excused absences. We fully understand, but we'll leave that up to each parent to make that decision."

FOX 5 Atlanta's Tacoma Perry said preparations were made through the night to prepare McNair High School to receive the additional students, faculty and staff.

Adults who ushered the students to safety during the gunman incident had mixed emotions as they saw the children again.

Media specialist Harold Grant said that he began alerting staff that there was a gunman in the school after he came face to face with the suspect on Tuesday.

Fifth grade teacher Pamela James said the texts she received from Grant while the school was on lockdown helped her stay calm as she and her students hid in a classroom.

"You do what you do because you love children and you want them to have a great future," said James.

McNair Elementary School Principal Brian Boldon praised students for doing just what they had been taught during their intruder drills.

The children were excited as they boarded buses home Wednesday afternoon with the knowledge that they will return to their elementary school campus on Thursday.

School district officials said in a news conference that while they were very pleased with the way the school responded to the situation, they will review security procedures.

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