Today was a very sad and tumultuous day in Pittsburgh. While I shed tears and felt the sorrow and horror of the all the school tragedies it somehow feels different when it hits so close to home. The safety and security of this area is now gone and you realize it can happen anywhere in America. Today children and adults went to a local high school with dreams of prom, graduation and weekend plans on their mind. In a matter of minutes those dreams turned to horror. One young man 16 years of age shattered that happiness by walking in school wielding 2 knives using them as he went down the hall. A total of 21 people were injured and 4 critically. Tonight it appears all will survive but for some the road back to physical health will be long. For many, the mental peace will take even longer.
These events always bring to mind two thoughts: first, many advances have given this generation greater access to knowledge. Second in contrast, many new challenges have come their way. I never had to worry about someone coming in with weapons, nor was I subjected to the sharp tongue and hate some of these kids experience on social media as well as in person.
While bad things occurred today the heroes have also emerged. There was the young man pulling the fire alarm so his fellow students would leave the building. The assistant principal who tackled the assailant and teachers who pulled vulnerable students into their classrooms for safety. The young lady who applied pressure to a fallen students room so he had a chance for survival. I am sure we will hear of more in the coming days.
Today I was looking through my pictures from Monday night and I found one that was fitting for today. There are many dark clouds just like the dark day today. In the clouds you can also see that glimmer of light reminding me that we will get through this and light and happiness will emerge. Please keep the students, families and the community in your prayers.