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Whether we were under a special moon or the stars were aligned just right, last week was a very interesting time in the life of the community. I personally witnessed a wide range of emotions and, other emotions people had over the events, I can only share and imagine. The courts and law enforcement officials were busy investigating cases and charges arose out of horrific events. Involuntary manslaughter charges, child abuse, a teen creating damage to a school athletic field and another teen’s threats forced the lockdown of schools and subsequent terrorist charge.
On Tuesday, I sat in a courtroom as another teen pled guilty on involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from his crash which killed a Moscow Mills farming couple in 2011. I heard the compassionate crime victims’ statements from family members whose lives had changed dramatically. A daughter summed up the void which was created… the couple was not able to witness events such as their granddaughter being valedictorian of her class, she missed the daily conversation with her mother.
I saw feelings on the other side of the spectrum as well the following day. Robert Miller called and asked for assistance in helping him find a home for a stray Husky he had found four days earlier. He followed all the channels…put up signs, made calls to shelters, took the dog to the veterinarian who found a tracing ID chip. Efforts to locate from the chip resulted in telephone numbers that had been discontinued. We got the information and placed it on our Facebook page and within two hours, the owner was found. She had rescued this animal and lived just a few miles away. Earlier this summer, a letter to the editor was published concerning the theft of a family dog. A reader saw that, reported it and the dog was reunited with its owner.
Emotions are ways people can express their feelings. Unfortunately, some express those in negative ways. In the case of last week’s school lockdown, the young lady who reported her concern for others possibly prevented a tragic situation from occurring. Would it have been another Columbine? No one can say for sure. If those allegations hold, adults and students should not be critical. Many should appreciate her courage to prevent a tragedy.
By Bob Simmons