Boston Schools Brace for Questions, Tears Over Bombings

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

When public schools reopen Monday for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings, Cambridge will be grappling with dual sorrows.

Several of the city’s teachers were injured in the blasts, according to school officials, and both suspected bombers — Tamerlan­ Tsarnaev, 26, who died Friday after a shoot-out with police, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was hospitalized after his capture — graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

“I think the overwhelming feeling is just of confusion,” said Samuel Gebru, 21, a 2009 graduate who is trying to organize a rally with other alumni and students to support the community. “We are surprised. We are hurt.”

Across Greater Boston, students returning from April vacation will continue to feel the aftershocks of the April 15 attack. Schools in Dorchester and Medford are mourning two victims who died, an 8-year-old pupil and a 29-year-old graduate. At other schools, teachers and staff will be absent because they were injured by bombs or shrapnel.

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