Tuesday , April 16 2024
A local parent and teacher speaks out on the Arapahoe High School shootings.

Tragedy in My Children’s Alma Mater: The Arapahoe High School Shooting

I am in shock over the shooting at Arapahoe High School. I live five minutes’ drive from the school. All three of my children attended and graduated from Arapahoe. How can something so horrific happen in my own backyard? I am usually in a festive mood this time of year, but this tragedy has me totally off course.

Luc’s graduation cake, May 2013

My youngest son, Luc, graduated from Arapahoe in 2013. He played varsity basketball. My oldest son Jean-Paul graduated in 2006, and my daughter Michele in 2008.

Many questions flood my mind as I continue to try to make sense out of this tragedy:

What triggered the shooter, and are there any underlying issues that were ignored by his parents and school officials?

As a high school teacher, should I be concerned with how I confront students?

What can we do better as adults to prepare our children to handle adversity?

What lessons can we all learn from this tragedy?

I am not in a position to be accusatory, but something went awry with the shooter. How can a parent not know something is mentally wrong with his or her child? I do not think Karl Pierson woke up one day and decided to become a killer overnight. I hope this tragedy will inspire all parents to pay closer attention to their teens.

We live in a society that encourages instant gratification. We must find ways to teach our children that adversity is part of life, and helps build character. As a parent and an educator, I can’t shy away from confronting it if it is needed. I do not know what happened between Karl Pierson and his teacher, but whatever it is it should never have led to him going on a killing rampage.

My son Luc with hubby and me on graduation day from Arapahoe High School, May 2013.

I have been a classroom teacher for 26 years. I spent 15 of those years teaching middle school. During my tenure as a middle school teacher, I had two students who threatened to kill me. These students were properly disciplined, and thank goodness, they did not carry out their threats.

I moved into Arapahoe’s attendance area because the school has an excellent academic reputation. Hubby and I wanted to set our three children up for success. We are proud that our three children attended Arapahoe.

I will continue to pray for my community and for Claire Davis. I know from firsthand experience that we are a strong community and we will come out as victors not victims in this horrible tragedy.

About Nicole Weaver

Nicole Weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.

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