Hayley sighed walking away from the statute thinking back to a time in her childhood when she and Ray were still being ferried to elementary school on a yellow bus in Lynchburg.
Dec. 7, 1995 Williamsburg Middle School Timberlake, Virginia
While she and Ray were enjoying their lunch in their school, a shooting occurred at middle school in Timberlake, only seven and half miles from Lynchburg. The later apprehended gunman was thirteen-year-old Joel Conner. Conner was a computer whiz as his teachers called him and a paintball lover. He had been bullied by both the popular kids and nearly the entire school minus the faculty members and the more studious students. He didnt mind the bullying at first, he ignored it. His motto was always, If anyone bothers you, just keep minding your business. The eighth grade school year at recently started and he happened to be a new student at Monty Williamsburg Middle School. His family had moved to Timberlake, Virginia from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The cliques of the school saw him as a nerd to both bully and torment until he eventually learned to live with it. It didnt help the fact that he was one of the only few new students that semester either.
After several weeks of bullying, Joel found that he could no longer ignore the cliques and their taunting. He had tried and exhausted all the options. Hed even told the principal, his teachers and a school security guard. They had all ignored him. Some of them brushed his complaints aside as though it was no deal to them. He began to realize that to adults, at least school wise, they saw bullying as a part of growing up. His geography teacher always quoted, We all know how school bullying isBoys will be boys. But it was not only the boys who were taunting him; it was the girls as well. They actually enjoyed laughing at his Michigan accent because they knew if he were to strike any of them out of anger their parents especially their mothers could easily file a law Continue reading