EUGENE, Ore. - Extra counseling services were available at Cascade Middle School on Monday following the officer-involved shooting last week that left one person dead.
“It’s been a good day; it's been as good as a day as we could've anticipated,” Pat McGillivray with the Bethel School District says.
He says counselors and therapy dogs were at Cascade Middle School when students returned to class on Monday, just in case they needed someone to talk to.
Protesters of the officer-involved shooting were outside the school on Sunday, with some saying the shooting wasn’t justified.
“There are big emotions around this and we understand that; someone died here at the school and there are people who love and support the person,” he says.
Teachers got together on Sunday to decide what to tell their students after 30-year-old Charles Landeros was shot and killed by police outside the school last Friday.
Police say Landeros pulled out a gun while being escorted from the school during a custody dispute.
“We just need the opportunity to get these students back into their regular routine, to reaffirm to them that school is a safe place,” McGillivray says.
Landeros was a student, too. In fact, Landeros attended this same middle school in the earlier 2000's.
Landeros used gender neutral “they/them” pronouns. Landeros was also an activist for many University of Oregon groups, protesting oppression against minorities.
Landeros was the main protester during University of Oregon President Michael Schill’s State of the University address in 2017.
“We are here today to protest not just against President Schill, but against the entire systems of oppression,” Charles Landeros said in 2017.
Friends say Landeros was in the military, and they want to know exactly what happened at Cascade Middle School last Friday.
“I’d love to see some answers as to why Charlie wasn't allowed to leave with their kid,” Charles’ friend says.
We went to the Lane County Courthouse looking for answers to find a 2012 record indicating Landeros had joint custody of two daughters.
But at this point, there are still questions about what led to Friday’s incident.
Pat McGillivray says the school will debrief to see if there are better ways to communicate during an emergency.
The officer-involved shooting is still under investigation.