The Selwyn School in Denton is one step closer to closure after it was set on fire in January.
The demolition of the school started on Wednesday, and it was the first time school officials and teachers were allowed to sift through the burned remains.
"We are so glad to see this day coming," Selwyn School administrator Mellina Stucky said. "It symbolizes the start of the future and the start of the rebuild."
Just moments before the demolition began, there was silence as students posed for a school photo shoot. It was a chance to reflect on what they've learned.
"No matter what life brings you, you rise up and move on. That's what we are going to do -- rise up through the ashes," Stucky said.
The school is finally brushing off, tearing down and moving past the fire.
"You have to go to bigger and better things, and that's what we do here," Selwyn School student Lauren Jeffcoat said.
Officials said the fire was intentionally set, and a criminal investigation is ongoing.