Lockney Students Return to Classes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/14/09

Lockney Students Return to Classes

Three days after their high school was destroyed by arson, Lockney students returned to classes Wednesday.

NewsChannel 11 was there as students arrived at the First Baptist Church in Lockney, and gathered in the sanctuary for an assembly.

Students were greeted by messages and scripture painted on the windows. They also transformed the halls of the church, into what they now call the "Downtown Lockney High School Campus."

Principal Todd Hallmark said it was great to have his kids back in school.

"We're such a small community. We know each of those kids personally so it was good to see them. They've been fantastic," said Hallmark. "It's been amazing the help and support those kids have come together and stepped up. I think that's what they'll continue to do. We're going to make this a positive thing for all of us.

Administrators hope to be out of the church in two to three weeks. They are expecting the arrival of several portable buildings, courtesy of Representative Joe Heflin's office.

Hallmark says the school is still in the process of assessing their needs. One thing he knows for sure, is that the community needs prayers.

Two fifteen year old girls are being held in the Garza County Juvenile Corrections Center in connection with the fire.  They told investigators that their motive was the desire for new books, new computers, a new school, and more funding for the district.

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