St. Louis Catholic schools prepare for Ferguson grand jury verdict

(CNS) While the timing of the grand jury decision involving the Michael Brown shooting remained uncertain, Catholic schools in the Ferguson area were already prepared in case the ruling comes down with classes in session.

“We have our safety plan in place,” said Addie Govero, the principal at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School.

Blessed Teresa is about two miles from the site of Brown’s death and subsequent unrest. Our Lady of Guadalupe School is only slightly farther away — about two and a half miles.

When the grand jury decision on whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s shooting death is announced, the safety plan will unfold.

At Blessed Teresa, the plan is for school to stay open, with parents having the option of picking up their children.

“We’ll let them know immediately that a decision has been made and to feel free if they need to pick up their children,” Govero told the St. Louis Review, newspaper of the St. Louis archdiocese. “They’re more than welcome to, but the school will remain open.”

The much-awaited decision by a St. Louis County grand jury was expected by the end of November. [More]

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