I took the photo below in Ashland, Oregon recently, and it reminds me of the song, "Bridge Over Troubled Water". We can all pull together to cover our friends with a blanket of love as they process their shock, horror and loss, hoping that they will come to a place of peace eventually.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."
- Mr. Rogers
If you would like to mail sympathy cards or letters of support and solidarity to the school, the school address appears to be:
In February, I wrote a post about my family and my community's experience with a school shooting. Here is the link to that post: School Shootings Revisited: The Thurston High School Shootings.
All I can say, is that you never forget, especially when somebody does it again, and all the memories come back.
When it all filters out, I am pretty sure that we will learn that the parents of the killer did try to get him help. It is not always easy to find it, as mental health resources seem to be few and far between.
My heart also goes out to the brother and father, who must live with the loss of the rest of their family. They will always carry shame and despair for what he did. The poor brother, his name was thrown out there first, and he had nothing to do with it.
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