We live in a violent world. Try as we might to shield our children from that violence, all too often it enters their world’s as well. Unfortunately, school shooting are a reality in today’s world.
But what happens after the shooting? What happens when the student’s who witnessed horrific acts of violence has to return to the scene of the crime, day after day?
In a recent Reddit thread, user FreshVaultMeat asked, “People who have experienced school shootings, what was it like to come back to school after the shooting?” and the responses offer insight into what it’s like to be a school shooting survivor.
Two posters were students at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 when two students murdered 12 students and one teacher, and injured 24 before committing suicide.
GlitterIsMyProzac, who was a Freshman at the time, said she couldn't go back.
"I went back into the school once after, to collect my belongs," she said.
She moved out of state to finish high school, but adds that the story followed her. "Everywhere I went, people seemed to magically know about my past and it became a badge like a scarlet letter," she explains. "I was forever 'That girl from Columbine.'"