Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A prayer


I'm sad today. We had a tragedy at our school.

One of our students (10th grade) killed himself. We received a call from the Sheriff's department about 11:30 this morning. The boy's grandmother was coming to pick up his older brother. The Sheriff's office said only..."he has been hit by a train".

How sad.

Our principal took us (the secretaries) out to lunch to celebrate Secretaries Day. During our luncheon he received "the call". The student died.

After we returned to school there was a lot of activity...the superintendent, assistant superintendent and other administrators were in a meeting. We (in the office) were told that this boy...10th grade...had killed himself. He lay down on the railroad tracks and waited for a train. So sad.

At the end of the day the faculty and staff were called to the auditorium to gather as a unit and hear the news. The last time we had one of "these" meetings was when a beloved teacher died in an automobile accident.

It was sad. My heart goes out to the family. My heart goes out to this boy who was so desperate that he took his own life. I feel empty.

Tomorrow the students will probably know. From what we were told, there will be a broadcast call to our students' homes tonight, telling them. It will probably be on the news later tonight. There will probably be news crews at our school tomorrow. I hope the news crews don't come. It's horrible to prey on people as they grieve.

Dear Father in Heaven, I pray for the family of this young man. Please comfort them as they try to deal with the grief and the horror of this situation. I pray for your forgiveness of this boy's taking of his life, as he had to be so desperate to do this...a person has to be so lost do such a thing. Please look after the students and staff at school tomorrow. Give our counselors the guidance they need as they help students sort out this awful tragedy. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.


  1. I came over to your blog from Nancy's and was devastated to read about this. It's such a tragedy. It makes me wish I could have reached out to him and helped him. Our own daughter had problems when she was a teenager, but we are lucky that she shared her troubles with us, and together we were able to help her. My thoughts are with all at your school. Now the quilting comment I was going to make seems quite trivial.

  2. I came over to view your quilt and was so saddened to read of the tragic loss of such a young man. I will pray for all those left behind to deal with this.

    Congratulations on expecting your newest grandbaby. What a thrill!

    Your quilts are lovely. I have done one for each of our grandchildren as well and it is always such fun to see them carrying them around for years.

  3. How very sad for him to think this was his best option. I feel for the family.

    - donna

  4. What a tradegy! My thoughts and prayers go out to your school community and his family.

  5. I'm sorry you had to go through this, Mimi. What a sad ending to a young life.


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