Tacoma school officials have decided to keep Birney Elementary School closed until Wednesday after one of its teachers was killed Friday.
Initially, the school was scheduled to reopen Tuesday. However, officials have since decided to keep the building closed so students, families and staff members can attend the memorial service for Jennifer Paulson.
Paulson, a beloved 30-year-old special education teacher, was gunned down outside the school on her way to work Friday morning. The gunman, who’d been stalking her for years, was fatally shot during a confrontation about 20 minutes later with a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy.
Paulson’s memorial service is scheduled to begin at noon Tuesday at Life Center church, 1717 S. Union Ave.