Florida Shooting

‘In 1997, at the lowest point in my life, I snapped and bought a gun. I was almost a school shooter.’: Man overcomes abusive childhood, bullying, says ‘kindness’ stopped him from doing ‘the worst thing imaginable’

“When you’ve been told you’re ‘worthless’ enough times, you’ll believe it. I had no home and often slept outdoors. The isolation and bullying became unbearable. I wanted to feel an emotion other than pain. I wanted to feel, for once, like I was in control. If I’d possessed a rifle, I would have been a killer. If I’d known love, I would have never wanted a rifle.”

‘We are going to carry you’: Students tell wheelchair-bound teacher their active shooter plan

Marissa Schimmoeller, a ninth and tenth grade English teacher at Delphos Jefferson High School in Delphos, Ohio, was dreading having to face her students the day after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. Many teachers across the country shared the same worries of addressing an active shooter plan, but for Schimmoeller, who is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy, …

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