It happened in the blink of an eye.
A normal Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School –
Turned into a scene of terror and confusion.
A sixteen year old boy –
Armed with two kitchen knives –
Suddenly attacked other students.
By the time he was stopped –
Twenty-one students and a security guard had been injured.
There was shock –
There was disbelief –
And there were heroes:
The student who pulled the fire alarm to get kids out of the building;
The teen who stayed with her friend – keeping pressure on his wound until help arrived;
Teachers who helped the injured and calmed frightened students;
The assistant principal and security guard who tackled the suspect;
The student who helped take away his weapons;
The first responders who swarmed to the scene –
And the doctors and nurses at area hospitals who mobilized to deal with the injured.
Now that the crisis is over – it’s time to think about recovery.
The attack only lasted a few minutes.
The physical and emotional scars will take much longer to heal.