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Employees return to ABB one week after shooting rampage

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(KMOV) -- The next phase begins for the survivors of last week's shooting rampage at the ABB Power facility in north St. Louis.
 
Workers are returning to work for the first time since the killings.
 
There are 270 people who work at the manufacturing power plant, but not all are expected to go in on Thursday.
 
Employees and the company spokesman say that some people may need more time before returning to work.
 
One employee who spoke to News 4 said that he has knots in his stomach just thinking about coming back to work.
 
Thursday will be anything but a typical work day. Instead, ABB will focus on the next phase – healing and trying to return to a sense of normalcy.
           
The day will start with meetings. They will hold both large and small group counseling sessions that allow co-workers to share their experiences and learn what they need to move forward.
           
The company spokesman tells News 4 that it's hard to say what attendance will be like on Thursday. Counselors say getting back to work is a good thing because it engages the mind so survivors dwell less on the tragedy.
 
ABB has paid all of its employees in full for the past week off. The company spokesman says ABB will continue to do so for those who have yet to return.

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