“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 have the technology. We have ways to make our kids safer, and we have to do it.”
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, …
“No child should have to look down at a friend lying in a coffin and watch as their family kisses them goodbye.”
“I look up and the troopers, without hesitation, are opening their wallets and handing over their credit cards.”
“I hope that our parents’ random act of kindness inspires many other schools to do the same. Our kids can always use an extra boost of happiness and joy.”
Anthony Borges was shot five times as he heroically put himself between the gunfire and his classmates.
“Just know, I love you,” the frightened younger brother texted as the gunman was on his rampage.
Students are hailing him their hero as they recount those devastating moments.
“I had multiple panic attacks while locked in the closet. She reiterated many times that I would be safe and she won’t let anything happen to me.”