Lake Worth ISD closes all campuses a week after shooting



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Posted on December 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 12:00 AM

LAKE WORTH -- Lake Worth ISD announced Thursday afternoon that all districts events Thursday night are canceled and all campuses will be closed Friday because of the shooting last week in Connecticut.

District officials said they had a lot of concerned parents, so they decided to take a weather day Friday. In a statement to parents, the superintendent said in light of recent national events it was in the best interest of the district to take the day off, so parents could spend time with their children.

"If they say that's what we need to do, that's what we need to do," one parent said.

Some parents News 8 spoke to Thursday supported the district's decision, while others thought it was an inconvenience.

"I'm sure it's going to be a hardship for some of the parents tomorrow, especially the ones that have to work and don't have the luxury to pick up their children," said Sue Fern, the grandparent of a student.

The district apologized for the inconvenience, but no one was available for comment. The district will eventually have to make the weather day up.

Meanwhile, the pain and sadness following the Newtown shooting is still very evident in North Texas.

Close to 500 people showed at First United Methodist in Fort Worth on Thursday night. The one-hour vigil was an expression of condolences to the victims in Connecticut.

"As their lives were a blessing, so too may their memories be a blessing now and forevermore," one speaker said.

Candles were lit for each victim. Their pictures were shown one by one. The Fort Worth Police Chief said among all this sadness there is hope in how leaders came together after the tragedy.

"Your faith can never waiver," said Chief Jeffrey Halstead. "And I am so proud of our leaders who stand and support for what I call a calling of God to serve our city."