Students and teachers expressed grief and sorrow when the news spread. Several students signed the young man’s high school locker. Junior varsity cheerleaders said before a basketball game they would not be performing cheers between quarters or at halftime. They wore black bands. They brushed away tears.
Both the JV and varsity games began with a remembrance of the young man. Students dabbed tears from their eyes. Others cried openly. For many, the joy of wins by the teams that night did not come close to offset the loss of a friend and fellow student.
A big question when something like this happens if, of course, “why?”
The answer to such a question is not seldom easy to find.
A number of posts on Facebook pointed to bullying as a possible cause of what may have led to his actions but that is, at this point, just speculation.
The facts are not in yet. Some of the Facebook posts with those unproven claims took them down this morning.
Our first course of action in this matter must be to mourn the tragic loss of a young life. Our sympathies and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time of tragedy.
Then those who investigate such acts can determine what happened and what causes may have been determining factors. Unconfirmed speculations only cause more hurt to family and friends.
More on this when the time is right.
(Edited at 8 a.m. Friday)