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Shooting at school will scar children

April 1, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |
DEAR EDITOR: I’m writing in response to the tragic and shocking shooting of five young people in Chardon, in the Geauga County high school where a crazed kid just walked in and started shooting. It brought back to my mind the Columbine shooting where two crazed kids just walked in and again, began shooting other kids. Many died, many were wounded, and many who witnessed it, just like at Chardon High School, will be scarred for life. My heart goes out to the victims and their families whose tears will forever swell their hearts of the sorrow and pain they will forever remember. When you lose a loved one to a tragically, violent act as this one, it stays with you for the rest of your life. No one will ever know the pain and suffering these families will, for a lifetime, go through. I know because I witnessed the violent stabbing death of one of my younger brothers 23 years ago, and it has been a vivid reminder to me like it was only yesterday. These children who witnessed this tragic shooting will always remember seeing the horrible event of that day. It’s something you try so hard to forget because it haunts you always. I was 33 years old when I saw my brother being stabbed to death. I’m 54 years old now. I hope and pray that as these young people get older that it will be easier for them to cope with what they saw that awful day. I wrote a song years ago after the Columbine tragedy that says: “The tears that you cry will be the memories that you share. Your time together will always be forever in your hearts, cherish the moments that comfort you. Don’t ever let them go. For you will always be in our prayers. “All America remembers your brothers, sisters, moms and dads. So precious are the few. Memories are before you. There’s no past to what you had. Sunshine will fall upon the smiles left behind. “All America feels your pain, the laughter, the tears, the moments shared they will never be the same. Now the time has come to enter in a moment of silent prayer. In remembrance of the children and the times that you shared. For again you will always be in our prayers.” I wrote this for the families and friends of the lives lost in Columbine, so I hope you can find some solace and peace in your hearts for the families and friends in Chardon. These are terrible times in which we live in. That’s why we must comfort and love each other, because we have no clue on God’s green earth what tomorrow will bring. May God richly bless those families who lost their beloved children on that unforgettable and dreadful day. Michael Adkins Warren


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