COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - While the search for 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson is still on, her schoolmates are also pressing on. Gabbiee is at the top of her class and part of an exclusive magnet program, and what they're studying can only be called coincidence.
They're studying forensic science.
It's a situation Jennifer McLeod describes as awkward. She's the forensics teacher at Ridge View High School as part of the magnet program.
"It's one of those things. She is still on the roll," said McLeod. "She's still there, but we went through and looked at each missing person scenario and make sure it did not relate to the situation with Gabbiee."
If Gabbiee were still here, she'd be learning about identifying skeletons. Her teacher is learning how to address questions she never thought she'd have to answer, like if Gabbiee would have to repeat her sophomore year.
"I told the kids, I know that we will make arrangements. We will fit it in and finish with everyone, so that's been an awkward conversation that come out recently," said McLeod.
It seems if anyone could catch back up, it would be Gabbiee Swainson.
"She would have been one of the top students, you know," said McLeod. "When you sit down and look at grades for the year, I know."
And while that is where she used to be, it's not clear where she is now. But the teacher who calls her one of the best knows what she wants to come next.
"There is hope," said McLeod. "She could be somewhere and so we need to hang on to that, hoping she'll be back, we want her to graduate with us."