Ferguson children get a much-needed break from the conflict

FERGUSON, Mo. (PIX11) - For the last several days, violence has dominated the conversation in Ferguson, Missouri.

Bullhorns, tear gas and arrests have been constant reminders of unrest simmering below the surface for years.  The young children of this racially divided town have been witnesses to it all.

Children whose classes were canceled this week because of the unrest over an unarmed Michael Brown’s fatal shooting at the hands of white local police officer.

We found while driving around town Wednesday afternoon, at the Ferguson Public library.

Several Ferguson-Florissant school district school teachers are responsible for all of this. There more than a hundred students scattered across the town’s library. The goal is to maintain some kind of consistency to their school day routine. They’re learning, eating lunch – provided free of charged by local vendors. The goal is to also keep them busy – while their community navigates its way back from chaos – to calm.

Rhonda Dorris brought her grandson here – to volunteer.

“My grandson is upset, because he feels like his education is being taken away from him because he can’t get to school,” said Dorris.

“Some kids like to think that school is horrible. But to me, school keeps me occupied during the day, instead of being at home all day,” said Brian Dorris.

Over at district headquarters, spokesperson Jana Shortt acknowledges the psychological damage inflicted on the town’s student’s over the last several days…will not be easily undone.

“We have planned workshops for teachers, we have all day trainings, where they’re receiving help,” said Shortt.

“I never think this would happen in this community – never, never,” said Rhonda Dorris.

This life-long Missouri resident witnessed the Civil Rights movement here as a young adult, and is now living through monumental change once again – this time through another generation’s eyes.

“It’s sad. I just hope it hurry up and heal, and get things back together so we can get our children educated,” added Dorris.

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