Memories of a School Shooting: Paduca...

Memories of a School Shooting: Paducah, Kentucky, 1997

There are 29 comments on the The Atlantic story from Dec 17, 2012, titled Memories of a School Shooting: Paducah, Kentucky, 1997. In it, The Atlantic reports that:

On December 1, 1997, a freshman opened fire on a prayer group at my Kentucky high school, killing three.

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Really

Tucker, GA

#21 Dec 18, 2012
Cali wrote:
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Like I stated. I was there. I know her. I know her attention seeking ways already. She did not see any bodies. and those of us who were there and know for a fact how she has embellished and spun this story are shocked by it. There are plenty of us who were there and know these things!
Maybe they are right. Poooooor poor Sarah. She has been through so much!
Your Pathetic bunch

Paducah, KY

#22 Dec 19, 2012
It's amazing you get on here crying cause it wasn't you to get publicity, your a coward. Did you attempt to save other potential victims? Did you not get attention you needed? Or you just a cold hearted bunch of kids who could cared less and like to start shot on topix? Lol. Write a book!!
huntress

Tucker, GA

#23 Dec 19, 2012
Really wrote:
I guess since she was the 4th generation in her family to go to Heath and since her mother was prom queen, she thinks she is Miss Heath High or something.
I'm class of 1999. Graduated with her. And upon talking to a couple of other classmates, we are disappointed but not surprised by her story. Which is exactly what it is.
Ditto
Really
#24 Dec 19, 2012
Wow, such hatefulness! You people need to pray.
true grit

Cunningham, KY

#25 Dec 19, 2012
I hate to group people like this but anyone who posted on this thread in a negative way is an idiot.

The woman writing this never said she was friends with anyone injured or killed, merely they were CLASSMATES. People have tons of classmates and although they may not be close friends, when something like this happens it can be an event you will never recover from.

She never suggested she was inside when it happened or witnessed the shootings. She said she walked in, looked down the hallways to see bodies and friends and classmates injured.

She never ONCE asked for sympathy nor blame any of her short comings in life on what happened there.

What she DID say was that her classmates were killed and injured and that some of her friends she was told were killed turned out to be alive in fact.

ANY OF YOU who don't think this would have an effect on you again I have to say are COMPLETE IDIOTS!

Do you think she (or anyone there for that matter) ever asked "what would have happened had i been there earlier?" "What if i had walked though that door" or any number of questions that started with "WHAT IF...." and all ended with the same answer "i could have been killed".

I would be willing to say that anyone even remotely involved with the school or the events of that day could be devastated.

I lived in Memphis at the time and (i'm from here and currently live here)and had distant family that attended the school and the things that happened that day moved me from that far away so yes, i can see someone that age being directly involved having issues and trouble dealing with the things they saw or heard happening or the aftermath.

How can ANY OF YOU sit and doubt her sincerity when the events just a few days ago in CT have effected people all ACROSS THE WORLD?

I'm sure given the choice she would have rather this not happened or not been a student there instead of writing an article some 15 years later. I doubt VERY seriously she looked at this as finally an opportunity to get sympathy from a bunch of ignorant people.

Bottom line is, one IDIOT posted something so stupid on here and the rest of you somehow saw fit to pile on. I doubt ANY of you have the class or dignity to apologize.

I was in 4th grade and saw a teacher pass our bus at a RR crossing. No she wasn't MY teacher and i didn't see her face as the train hit and killed her but i was there when a life was senselessly lost or taken.

I don't have PTSD and I'm not depressed over it but i can say this, Thirty-five years later there are very few days that something doesn't happen to cause me at least briefly to think about what happened and walking into school the next day and seeing my CLASSMATES who had her as a teacher being told of the tragedy and crying.

I'm not looking for sympathy or trying to falsely involve myself in a terrible situation that i wasn't in. I'm merely saying things like this no matter how great or small in number or how large or small your involvement can effect you for the rest of your life and you're foolish to sit and judge people about it.
let it be

Nashville, TN

#26 Dec 19, 2012
Excuse me but I was in school that day n I saw first hand the carnage and aftermath. My classroom was located above the front doors n i saw everyone of those victims being brought out. And it still haunts me to this day and seeing all this stuff on the news makes it all real again. So please everyone just let it be. And if u dont agree with someones reasonings as to why the have ptsd then thats ok thats whats makes us all individuals n americans. Have a great holiday season.
Really

United States

#27 Dec 19, 2012
I really hope Sarah recovers from her PTSD she has been suffering from all of these years. I don't see how she had time to sit down and write the story considering she is such a busy bee, accomplishing all sorts of things that she constantly brags about. What a trooper she has been since December 1, 1997. She is definitely someone to look up to. God bless you, Sarah Stewart Holland.
Cali

Glenview Nas, IL

#28 Dec 19, 2012
Really wrote:
I really hope Sarah recovers from her PTSD she has been suffering from all of these years. I don't see how she had time to sit down and write the story considering she is such a busy bee, accomplishing all sorts of things that she constantly brags about. What a trooper she has been since December 1, 1997. She is definitely someone to look up to. God bless you, Sarah Stewart Holland.
Amen! Rofl!
Really

United States

#29 Dec 19, 2012
My child doesn't even crave as much attention as she does and he is 4.

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