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Wayne campus healing one day at a time

Posted April 20, 2015

— Seven days after shooting on campus and a nationwide manhunt, classes have resumed at Wayne Community College, but students and faculty members say the atmosphere is forever changed.

On April 13, Kenneth Morgan Stancil III walked into the campus print shop and shot Ron Lane. The campus was locked down for much of that day, and Stancil, found sleeping on a beach in Florida, confessed to the crime the next day.

A memorial made of flowers and balloons dominates the college quad, and the events of a week ago dominate student thoughts.

"I still see people pausing," said Tara Humphries. "They are still stopping and paying their respects."

School officials say they'll leave the memorial as long as students need it.

"Our students, faculty and staff need it to heal," Humphries said. "People process incidents like this on different schedules, on their own time."

Freshman Nicholas Wiley said that even with Stancil in custody, he's being more careful and more aware of his surroundings.

Humphries believes the campus will come back strong.

"Wayne Community College is healing," she said. "It's going to take us some time, but we are doing it one step at a time, one sunny day at a time."


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