Castle View Elementary students return to class days after father takes teacher hostage
By Ryan Hagen
Students and staff returned to Castle View Elementary in Riverside for the first time Monday morning after a father barged into a classroom and took a teacher hostage for several hours last week before police fatally shot him.
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Several high school students from area schools held up colorful signs and cheered as the young students made their way back to their classes Monday.
One high school student holding up a large banner said he was there to support the students and staff and to make them feel safe.
“They’re making it a good day,” said parent Roseann Ornelas.
Students were given a warm welcome on their first day back to school on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at Castle View Elementary School in Riverside after last weeks hostage situation. Luvelle Kennon held teacher Linda Montgomery hostage for more than six hours and then was fatally shot by police. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)