School refuses to give up hope for missing April05/10/2012 - 14:50:04
Teachers and pupils at the school attended by missing April Jones say they refuse to give up hope on her being found safe and well.
Earlier today, police suggested the chances of finding April alive were slim after saying they were now questioning suspect Mark Bridger on suspicion of murder.
The youngster, who needs daily medication for cerebral palsy, has not been seen for five days.
Ysgol Gynradd Machynlleth headteacher Gwenfair Glyn said everyone at the school was growing increasingly concerned at the situation.
“But we refuse to give up hope and are praying that April is still alive,” she said.
“This week has been the hardest in the school’s history – an emotional rollercoaster. But everyone has rallied around and provided tremendous support for the school and its community.
“We are very, very grateful for that.
“Our thoughts are with April’s family and friends at this desperately worrying time.
“We will give them whatever help they need.”
The school has already created a special area in the foyer to demonstrate their support for their missing friend, who police now believe has been murdered.
Following a request from her family for people to put up pink bows as a show of solidarity, her classmates created small individual heart-shaped messages for April as well as creating a collection of artwork to present to April’s family.
And swathes of pink fabric have been placed outside the school gates to show April is still in their thoughts.
Parents of pupils at the school, which is a few minutes’ walk from where April was allegedly snatched, have praised teachers for the way they handled the situation.
One mother, who did not want to be named, said: “I didn’t want my girls to come here after what happened.
“I was really concerned because I had to tell them what had happened to April.
“But I want to thank the teachers for making them feel so safe and making me feel so safe that I brought them here.”
The school has also broached the subject of April’s disappearance by linking it to the importance of not speaking to strangers.
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