“I pray for students across the country, including myself, who are afraid” | News
With the heart-wrenching images of Oxford, Michigan still fresh in their minds, we asked area high school students: How do you feel when you hear about the last tragic school shooting?
LAUREN HARPER, St. Joseph-Ogden senior
“My heart is breaking. He cries and breaks for these poor families. And for those children whose lives were tragically cut short. How a 15 year old boy can cause so much pain amazes me. I can’t even begin to understand the pain, the emotion, and the loss.
“I wonder what makes these students so different from me?” The victims were the same age as me. They went to high school like me. They loved music, games, friendships and parties … just like me.
“But these students will never be able to do or experience this again. They will no longer make plans with their friends. They won’t go to the prom or even graduate.
“They will never change the world.
“And that’s what makes me sob the most.”
“I pray for the people of Oxford. I pray for the parents who will never see their son or daughter again. I pray for the person who will never know their soul mate or who is already mourning their passing. I pray for siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends, teachers, classmates, teammates and mentors.
“I pray that Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana, and Justin Shilling will find peace, for they are in a higher, more perfect, and more beautiful place that knows no pain. I really believe it.
“I pray for students across the country, including myself, who are afraid.
“I pray for Ethan Crumbley. I pray for his parents.
“I pray for Oxford. I pray that they will be shown how to heal.
“I pray that we all are.”
WILL TERRY, COLE MAXWELL and GAGE LANGE, Westville Seniors
“When we hear about a school shooting, it makes our hearts sink. As classmates, we can never imagine this happening in our school or our community, but most communities don’t see it happening in their school.
“Per education week, there have been 23 school shootings since August 1. It forces us to stop and think about what we can do to stop the school shootings.
“We believe that teachers with the right qualifications should be able to have their guns with them at school, as another way to protect themselves and their students.
“We think it’s very important that students are put in a situation with an intruder as a practice to show students what might happen in a real scenario.
“We also believe that these break-in drills should be performed at least quarterly due to the increasing number of school shootings. If we practice multiple times we can hopefully learn several different strategies to keep the intruder out until the police show up.
“School shootings are a very serious problem that is on the rise and if we as schools can take the right precautions we can hopefully limit the number of lives lost. “
ALLIE MORRIS, Oakwood junior
“Sadly, I think the school shootings are something my generation kind of numbed. It became a regular headline that some people weren’t aware of until a few days later.
“The latter was so tragic, then the next day we moved on with our lives. Personally, I think about how I would feel if it was my best friends, my teammates, or even my sister, who is a teacher.
“These situations are devastating and it is time for something to be done. Our nation’s leaders should take mental health more seriously and advocate for funds for schools to treat it appropriately, or it will continue to make the headlines.
“We shouldn’t be normalizing school shootings because so many people are struggling, and with each tragedy the list will continue to grow.”
JAVIAE JOHNSON, freshman from Urbana
“I feel sad and my heart becomes heavy. I get very emotional thinking about it. I feel bad for the students who were there, but I also feel lucky that it didn’t happen to me and everyone here at UHS.
“I don’t want to think of something like that going on here because I don’t want to think negatively and talk about it here. I feel safe at Urbana because our teachers and staff help us feel safe as they take every precaution to make sure we are safe.
“If anything happens, we have our ORS, Agent Burnett, who helps keep us safe. He builds relationships with children to help us understand that he will protect and support us. “
CLARA RUDOLPH, Monticello senior
“It’s never easy to hear things like that. Emotions like fear, grief, and raw heartache are intertwined as a result of such a horrific act.
“But above all, confusion reigns. I think most of us automatically personalize these stories, asking ourselves what we would have done or how we would have felt if something so terrible had happened in our school. But this is something that we cannot really understand, because an evil like this is almost impossible to understand.
“That’s what makes it so scary – the fact that we can’t figure it out. More than anything else, my heart goes out to all affected students and families, for even when the pain is no longer in the headlines, it will persist. “
REGAN BLANTON, senior at Villa Grove
“The ramifications of the actions of these moron individuals are staggering. These actions have lasting impacts on the victims firsthand, but also on family, friends and the community.
“As an individual, it brings me great sadness to see these shootings happen. I have great hope that other measures are implemented to help prevent future students from having such atrocious experiences, and that all those who have suffered from these experiences are provided with resources to deal with the situation. trauma.
ROWAN TRILLING-HANSEN, Senior Uni
“It’s shocking how surprised I was to see this question. It’s shocking how surprised I was to hear this news.
“People who are not students often ask me this question. Adults are both horrified and fascinated by the opinions of students of the school shootings. When I tell adults about Code Red exercises or when the alarm went off accidentally during PE class and we all hid in the locker room because we thought it was real, they are deeply upset.
“The adults are surprised at how normal this is for us. To be honest, I’m surprised how normal this is for us.
“When I hear news like this, of course, it makes me sad. I’m shaken and appalled by what the students are going through in the places that are supposed to keep them safe. But I also feel numb when I do. hear the names of a new batch of children who have been killed, as numbers climb and climb in the days following a given shootout as those who survived the same day die in hospital.
“I feel numb when I go to school the next day and do my classes, like these students were supposed to.
“A lot of people think we are constantly afraid of being next, and I’m sure there are some who do, but I just can’t maintain that feeling. It’s unrealistic to spend all of your time thinking about a school shooting, so most of the time we don’t.
“The truth is, I feel too little, I move too fast and I forget too quickly. I think we all do. I think we all have to do this, or we’ll still be in mourning when the next one arrives.
“As interested as adults seem to be in this question, I often wonder where this fascination goes when it comes to suggestions from young people on what would protect us the most.”
BREANN ARD, Oakland junior
“I felt sadness for the students and teachers, sadness for the families and also sadness for the boy who committed this crime.
“I feel sad for him because he felt so upset that the only way to realize his life was to take the lives of others.
“I’m terrified that this could have happened to my school, just as it could – and has happened – to other schools. “
KEDZIE GRIFFIN, Danville senior
“When I hear about school shootings, like the one that just happened in Oxford, Michigan, I wonder about the victims. I often wonder about the survivor’s guilt that other students might feel, whether or not they are in school that day.
“I hope that the students who weren’t in school that day can forgive themselves for missing.
“I feel for every student who was there who had to go through horrible things. I also feel sorry for the parents who must have received an “I love you” text from their child.
“Teachers also deserve to be recognized for their care and willingness to take care of their students.
“I hope their community can come together and grow after this tragedy. I spoke with other students at Danville High School about our gratitude to the community we live in and some of the safety precautions our school takes.
LILLIAN PLOENSE, Senior Heritage
“The first time I found out about the Michigan shooting was on my Instagram page that morning. I think the first thing I said to a family member about this is that high school students never think this will happen at their school, until it does.
“As high school students, we have to think about our classmates and their life at home, and just about life in general outside of school. School should be a safe place to be yourself, not a place to hope and pray to come home at the end of the day.
“I pray that the students in our schools get the help they need if they want it. Always treat others with respect and kindness; you never know how much that can mean to someone.