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April 8, 2010

Shooting leaves residents dismayed


Students at CCS have been encouraged by school officials not to speak to the media about the shooting, but a senior, who wishes to remain anonymous, said bullying is something many students at the district have come to realize is a part of life.

``Unfortunately, they shouldn’t have to come to that conclusion,’’ said the senior.

``Everyone needs to step back and understand how their actions or words may be perceived. Just because someone laughs off a `funny’ insult on the outside doesn’t mean they’re happy on the inside. Two lives have been changed forever. Don’t destroy any more.’’

The senior said when she stepped into the Middle/High School auditorium for an assembly regarding the shooting on Monday, she was appalled.

She said students were laughing, rushing to find seats next to their friends, and as the assembly began, staring down at their shoes.

``And then I thought this is most likely what crossed the mind of my fellow student when he drew his gun. Enough!’’ She said she has come to realize that if one is not a ``townie’’ or a son or daughter of a doctor he or she must be inferior. She said if someone has a different political persuasion he or she is viewed as an ``idiot.’’ If someone likes to go hunting he or she might be considered ``barbaric’’ and if someone does not drive a foreign-made car it must be a ``piece of trash.’’ The senior said while she hears her peers preach about being tolerant of different races and ethnicities, their actions would suggest otherwise.

``I guess it only counts when you’re speaking of foreign countries and their citizens,’’ she said.

A mother of a black student who attends CCS talked to a WKTV reporter on Monday and said the district is known, among students, as a place where harassment and bullying often take place. The women, who wished to remain anonymous, said harassment is a common thing and that it’s not always about race. She said she and her daughter were shocked to hear of the shooting on Friday.

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