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Friday, September 7, 2012

School Shooting

Today was a day that I never thought would have happened.  We all say it, "That is so sad that happened, but it couldn't happen in our town!"  Well it did!  Early this morning a local high school had a code red.  This is a procedure they have practiced before and they know that this means the school is on lock down.  A school shooter is in the building.  A young, 14 year old, male had a gun and other weapons.  The students and teacher that were held hostage in this health room were HERO'S.  They kept it together and they acted when they needed to.  Shots were fired into the air but there were no injuries.  The teacher successfully brought down the child with the gun and ended a potential fatal day.  

According to some of the people in the room this child was begging for someone to hear him.  Begging for someone to care.    They truly didn't think he wanted to hurt anyone just wanted to be heard.  Here is a link from an interview of a victim.  

Also here is a link to some of the news coverage.  

I am really just still sitting here so grateful for the outcome to this day.  A day that could have been devastating turned out the best it could given the situation.  I just wanted to reflect on a few parts of the day.   

Students-  Seeing pictures and hearing the comments by Staff, Media and Community members these high school students came together and did better than I ever imagined.  A few glitches but how could that not happen.  1,833 high school students in the middle of an intense situation there is bound to be hiccups.  But those hiccups were so little.  

Staff-  Remembering what to do and acting on it.  Being leaders and support for the students and parents.  

Eastview Christian Church-  For opening their doors to these students, staff, parents and media.  I am so grateful to call this place my church home.  They are big enough to accommodate this big group of people, easily 5,000 people.  It was storming out this morning and would have been a miserable and impossible day if these students had to stay outside.  This  was also the staff at Eastview's normal day off they gathered in and helped in any way they could.  

Police Officers- They acted and did their job with confidence and with courtesy of these children. 

Media- Getting the right information out and constantly keeping families, friends and concerned community members in the loop.  They reported the facts and not the rumors. 

Community Members- Volunteering, helping with the mass of people at Eastview.  

Community Restaurants-  Feeding the students, volunteers, and staff.  

God-  For being in the middle of this situation.  Things could have gone in so many different directions but there was calmness and order in the middle of a storm.  God had a hand in this and there was no luck a Mega Church open to use that day.  Woman and men that rely on God were there today to pray, listen and love on those kids.  God was and is there!!

Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the LORD your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you." 

Deuteronomy 31:6

Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified;
do not be discouraged,
for the LORD your God will be
with you wherever you go." 
Joshua 1:9

Immediately he spoke to them and said,
 "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
Then he climbed into the boat with them,
and the wind died down.
They were completely amazed,
Mark 6:51

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
 I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
 Isaiah 41:10

As for today when I went and picked up my kids and they asked what happened at NCHS and I had to tell them without scaring them.  But in the end I told them...love your classmates, listen to them, understand we are all different and that is ok.  Know that we could be that person that reaches out to someone that needs a friend. 

My dear brothers, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
James 1:19 

 And as you wish that others would
do to you
do so to them.Luke 6:31

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths,
but only such as is good for building up,
as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander
be put away from you, along with all malice.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:29-32 

“A new command I give you:
Love one another.
As I have loved you,
so you must love one another.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35

I end this with.....................

Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11