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Posting Date 2006-10-10 11:07:01
Author kailen888
Title Graduation
Category lost someone I loved (e.g. died)
Where it happend High school
Age then 18
Age now 27
Gender MALE
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Story Length 531
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Graduation

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It was the last 20 minutes, of the last class, of the last day of my high school career. My classmates and I were set to graduate in two days and were impatiently watching the minutes tick away.

The class we were in was, for most of us, our "bird course." Auto mechanics. It was one of the few I had taken, besides that I had AP English, College Psychology, etc etc.

We were all excited and relaxed, just hanging around. The teacher was out of the room. None of us knew why yet. We didn't really care. Our futures were ahead of us. It was good feeling.

Then another classmate ran into the room. His face was kinda pale, I think, and I believe his slightly out of breath. The first words our of his lips were "Nicholas capped Creason."

Now I think you first have to understand the high school that graduated from. It was decent sized school with a graduating class of maybe 300, but it covered the county. It was high school in a small county in Tennessee.

So when my classmate ran in the room and yelled the all too memorable words of "Nicholas capped Creason," I think you can understand our confusion.... And dismay.

Another classmate of ours, one who I had shared several classes with, showed up to school with a hunting rifle and shot three times to the chest another classmate.

It was one of the most life changing events of my life. In the process of the trial a great deal of drama was discovered and spread. None of which I find particulary compelling. Probably the most compelling part of this story was who the killer was. The killer was not your stereotypical school shooters. He was not isolated, social cut off. He did not have bad grades, a bad reputation in school. None of that.

He was actually in several of advanced classes throughout my highschool career. He was when AP History with me. He was in advanced math classes and was the computer guru that most of the teachers turned for help with their latest technology additions. He had a full scholarhsip already in place.

Neither was he considered a "dork" or "nerd." He was rather well liked by most. He had a quiet confidence about him and an intelligence and maturity of thought that would never have led a person to beleive that he would commit such an act.

So in my grief and confusion of the whole incident, I grieved for the victim of course. But I also grieved for the shooter. What would possess a young man with so many assets and potential to so dramatically destroy his life and future.

The category of this story is the loss of a loved one. I cant say I loved either of these classmates, but category seems the most apt. This event shook me and altered my life in a way that I can't explain. It led me to an educational career to better understand people and to a career that allows me hopefully prevent such pain from occuring and to help heal it when it does.


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