Focus on the courage displayed amid horror

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As a former Western Pennsylvania resident, I always have a special interest in news from the area. I watched in horror as CNN began revealing details of the tragedy in Murrysville.

Reporters were scrambling to get details and interviewing anyone at hand. One woman commented that she guessed this makes a case for home schooling. Does it?

What I saw and continue to see are heroic, caring and loving students willing to step in and help. They put themselves in harm’s way, never leaving their friends. They applied pressure on wounds, maybe not even sure if that was the correct procedure but willing to try. They gave up clothing to stop blood flow, they warned others and someone even had the quick thinking to pull the fire alarm.

An assistant principal tackled the slasher, who wielded two knives, and a student helped as well. Dozens of emergency workers arrived to help, doctors operated, people prayed and cried.

I know people will long remember the craziness of this day, but what will be most remembered is the courage they saw from people around them.

Sure, it’s going to take a while to forget the horror, but what will shine through is a life’s lesson showing that it’s not a perfect world, but with friends and family it’s possible to overcome the obstacles, it’s possible to overcome the actions of a disturbed teen.

St. Petersburg, Fla.

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