MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) –Therapy dogs greeted students at Jonathan Law High School Tuesday as students returned to class after the death of fellow student Maren Sanchez.
Counselors have been available at the school since Sanchez was stabbed to death, but this is the first day for classes to be held. This morning, buses filled the driveway of Jonathan Law High School as they usually do. But on the last day school was in session, the school day ended with that driveway full of police cars.
The school day was really only just beginning Friday when 16-year-old Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death in a hallway. Classmate Chris Plaskon is under arrest for her murder. Students say he might have been jealous that she was going to Friday’s prom with someone else.
The case of State v. Christopher Plaskon has been transferred from juvenile court to adult court after Plaskon’s arraignment today. He is scheduled to be in Milford Superior Court on Friday, May 2.
The prom and Monday’s classes were canceled. And when those buses rolled in today, they passed the flag out front at half staff, and they passed trees decorated with ribbons of purple, Maren’s favorite color.
In a tweet sent out by the school newspaper Tuesday, students were asked to wear their prom clothes to the calling hours.
Maren’s friends are asking that ALL students wear their prom dresses and tuxes to her calling hours on Thursday. #RIPMaren
— The Advocate (@jlawadvocate) April 29, 2014
There was a lot more purple Monday night, as folks from all over Milford came together on the school’s football field for a vigil.
“It feels good to have the whole community come together and just be together,” said Taylor McNary, a junior.
“I think students are having a very tough time with this, knowing she was such a good person and a great classmate and I think it’s going to be really hard for them to move on,” said Kiana Walker, Milford.
But they are trying. And as the sun went down, they lit a sea of candles and listened to the song Maren sang to win the school’s talent show
Over the past four days, so many people have added balloons, flowers, candles and stuffed animals to the memorial rock in front of the school that you can barely see it anymore. Today, though, nobody stopped to add anything more as kids filed into school. Today, the focus is on healing and trying to get things back to normal.
To help with that, therapy dogs greeted students outside every door of the school. And although the school sign says their hearts are broken, they were celebrating Maren’s life with that color, everywhere you looked, there was purple. Purple T-shirts, purple socks, purple hair, even purple tape on a girl’s lacrosse stick.
Kent Pierce, Erin Logan and The Associated Press contributed to this report