Taft High School students went back to class Tuesday morning for the first time since last week's shooting.
But, not all students were in attendance. Some parents kept their kids home for safety reasons.
Many students held a prayer vigil outside before school started, to pray for the suspect, Bryan Oliver, and the victim, Bowe Cleveland. Some students wore Spiderman t-shirts or red and blue to support Cleveland, who is a big fan of the comic book character.
Oliver is accused of shooting Cleveland in the chest. According to Kern Medical Center, Cleveland is in critical, but stable condition.
But, not all students went back to class Tuesday morning. Some parents said they're not sending their kids back until the school holds a meeting to talk about Thursday's shooting.
"I don't want to come," said Courtney Jennings, a freshman at Taft High School. "I kept having nightmares of it happening over and over again."
Christi Huff said her daughter experienced the same fears Monday night. "She was up until 3 a.m. in the morning puking and crying and sick. She broke out with hives from stress."
Huff kept her daughter home from school. "I'm not going to torture her like that. Some kids are coming, but there are a lot of kids that aren't."
Parents said the problem is a lack of communication from the school district. Huff and other parents say since the shooting, there has been no parents meeting to talk about security concerns.
"Me as a parent, I feel that we should have got answers before our kids are let back," said Huff.
Additional Taft police officers were here at the high school Tuesday and officials said they'll be here for the next several weeks.
"Yes, there's police patrolling the area around the school, but that's not solving anything, " said parent Sheri Simonek. "Yes, it's probably making the children feel a little safer here, but in the end it's not solving what happened here."
Sheri Simonek is talking about the issue of bullying. She and her daughter said since the shooting nothing has been resolved.
"The same problems are going to persist," said Taylor Wheeler, a sophomore.
"They were calling each other names and back and forth, fighting over who's side they're taking Bowe's or Bryan's," said Simonek. "It's not about sides. It's about every student in this school, and I don't think they are handling it the way they should be."
Until it's handled the way Simonek and some other parents want, they said they're keeping their kids out of school.
School officials declined to comment, but said they plan to address parents' concerns in the near future.