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Students returned to different school after gunman's arrest

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Students at McNair Discovery Learning Academy got back to class Wednesday, but not in the building where an armed man caused chaos Tuesday afternoon when he entered the school, started making demands and exchanged gunfire with police officers.

DeKalb County police said Michael Brandon Hill, 20, slipped into the school behind someone who had access to the building. No one was hurt, and the suspect was taken into custody.

Only 145 elementary-age students reported to McNair High School, roughly two miles from their own campus. Usually 600 students show up on a typical day, according to Quinn Hudson, director of communications for DeKalb County Schools.

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael L. Thurmond, along with the school's principal and support staff, addressed the media Wednesday morning.

The day started with breakfast in the auditorium and it was stressed they wanted to make the day as normal as possible for the students.

McNair Discovery Learning Academy Principal Dr. Brian Bolden said the three main goals for the day were to feed the children's bodies, minds, and spirits.

Bolden then addressed the students and congratulated them for a job well done on Tuesday.

Representatives from the Student Support Services Department went classroom to classroom to make sure the students knew that they were safe and provided resources in the event they needed additional support.

School officials said McNair Discovery Learning Academy will reopen to students on Thursday.

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