Tragedy unites community

Since the beginning of time, there has been tragedy in the world.

Whether it be the terror of the Chicago bombing or the world-spread grief of World War 2, people have been shaken down and whole lives have been changed in split seconds.

The one thing all of these catastrophes have in common is the undoubtable fact that people will come together in an effort to make sense of their altered realities. Whether it be to right what has been done wrong, to offer comfort to those who have lost or simply to talk about their situation.

Recently, tragedy has struck closer to home than anyone in the small town of Duncan could have expected. When Christopher Lane, a young Australian athlete here in Duncan on scholarship, was fatally shot by three local youths, the whole town seemed to fall into shock. Many of the community felt that the town’s sense of security had altered drastically.

Slowly, the initial trauma started to fade and the community came together in many ways. A memorial compiled at the site of his untimely death, decorated with flowers and other tokens of memorium to honor him. The Christopher Lane Memorial run raised over $9,000 for the Christopher Lane scholarship.

When the school was under threats of gang violence, the administration was quick to inform students and parents of the situation. The school rallied together with extra security and full understanding of students who chose to stay home. This showed how far administration would go to protect their students and proved how much they cared for the well-being of their youth.

People all deal with tragedy differently. The one constant is the inevitable truth that people will come together to empathize with each other. Perhaps that’s all people need in a time of trial —

to know there is someone who feels the same way and is going through the same grief. They may not be able to reverse the past, but they can realize that the world keeps going and try to make sense of the present they’ve been given.