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Your kindness has been a beacon of hope’: Covenant School marks 1 year since deadly shooting with gratitude

Your kindness has been a beacon of hope’: Covenant School marks 1 year since deadly shooting with gratitude

 
“The past year has been terribly difficult for our community, and the pain is still very real.”

Various events around Nashville are scheduled to honor the victims.

By Caleb Wethington (WSMV/Nashville)

Published: Mar. 27, 2024 at 12:01 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2024 at 8:19 AM CDT

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Covenant School released a message to the world one year after the deadly shooting inside of its walls that took six lives on March 27, 2023.

“The past year has been terribly difficult for our community, and the pain is still very real,” the school said. “Throughout this challenging time, our unwavering commitment has been to prioritize the well-being and healing of our students, families, teachers, and staff.”

Three adults and three students were killed in the shooting one year ago. Now, the school is sharing its gratitude to Nashville and the world for the love they’ve been shown.

“As we mark this painful anniversary, we find solace in the light that has emerged from the darkness. It is with profound gratitude that we acknowledge the overwhelming outpouring of love and support we have received from our local Nashville community and around the world. Your kindness has been a beacon of hope, and the depth of your generosity profoundly moves us. We continue to see all of the ways in which the Lord is providing for and loving our community. He has been and will continue to be our comfort and strength.”
 

The Uvalde Foundation for Kids is continuing to push for the school shooter’s writings to remain out of the public eye, one year after the shooting.

“The primary concern for all first and foremost here continues to be the privacy, safety & ensuring that those families directly & indirectly affected by that day are not retraumatized by the sure public dissection and endless publicity such a release would ignite.
Finding the balance between dissemination of information which could result in copycat incidents; as we have seen time and time again since Columbine HS & releasing information within the manifesto; which may likewise provide valuable insight helpful to minimize risks of future potential incidents - is a daunting challenge.

The Foundation believes that a balance may be found by limiting general public access to sensitive, potentially dangerous writings; while allowing law enforcement & select few personnel and organizations access for investigative & prevention purposes.


However, we continue to call upon the court as they now review the manifesto contents received from the FBI, to set a precedent which places a victim and a families privacy & vulnerability and desires first and foremost. These brave families deserve that much at the least as they and keep moving forward with lives, tragedy & memories that ultimately belong to them and then alone.”

 

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