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Trauma Survivor Stories

  • ‘Running’ toward school shootings, Frank DeAngelis ‘Running’ toward school shootings after Columbine. 9NEWS. 5/20/14. “Even though, there are things up here that represent sorrow, but it also represents strength,” DeAngelis, Columbine High School principal, said. DeAngelis’ wall helps him keep his promise to stay at Columbine High School since the shootings of April 20, 1999. “It’s my wall of ’99, and people ask me why am I still here. I look ...
  • Krista Hanley, a Columbine Graduate ARC INTERRUPTED by Krista Hanley Columbine graduate At seventeen I was just beginning to find my voice, my body, my creativity, my self. I was a junior in high school with dreams of the future, and for the first time in my life I realized I could be who I wanted to be. Then that arc, that path that I thought I was ...
  • Marlys Ferrill, an English teacher at Arapahoe High School On December 13, 2013, an Arapahoe High School student armed with a shotgun and explosives entered the building intent on murdering a teacher with whom he had a disagreement. Upon learning that the teacher was not in the building, the gunman shot 17-year-old Claire Davis point-blank, fled to a classroom and committed suicide. No other students were physically injured in ...
  • A Story From A High School Teacher I think people have the idea that every case of PTSD looks like this: An Iraq war vet is walking down the street when he hears a car backfire.  Suddenly, he thinks he is being fired at, imagines he’s back in Iraq, and goes home to get his gun.  And maybe it does look like that sometimes, but not always ...
  • Katlin’s Story There are days when our job as a teacher causes us to go far beyond our call of duty. For myself that day was December 14th, 2012. A day that will forever be etched in my mind as a defining moment.   That morning I awoke ready to tackle the day. It was Friday and the weekend lay in front of me. ...