Today at 10:00 a.m., anyone interested (faculty, staff, and students) in participating in the "National Walk Out" is invited to do so. For seventeen minutes, we will stand in silence on the North Terrace of the Chapel. Today is the one month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen lives were taken. The bell will toll for seventeen times both at the beginning of the silence and then again at the end.
The loss of human life is always tragic. To have lives taken in a setting which should be safe compounds the tragedy. Parents send children to school trusting that the children will come home safely in the evening. It is a major social failure when the young are not safe in school.
The ripples of destruction will touch many lives. There are parents, siblings, and friends who will never know a normal life again. Typically, after such tragedies, marriages will fail, addictions will increase, and the aching gap of loss never heals. We pause on this day to pray; we pause trusting that God's grace will touch the pain of those suffering; and we pause to ask the civic question - what can we do to reduce the number of mass shootings?
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President