Ferguson school district delays start of classes
FLORISSANT(AP) - A school district serving the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed teenager was shot to death by a police officer is delaying the start of the school year.
Classes in the Ferguson-Florissant District had been scheduled to start Thursday. But the district announced late Wednesday afternoon that schools won't open until Monday.
District spokeswoman Jana Shortt said in a statement the decision was made "in response to concerns expressed by many about continuing unrest in our community." Shortt said waiting to begin the year until Monday will give time for all students and their families to resume normal routines.
The St. Louis County town of Ferguson has been the scene of several protests since 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer last Saturday.