Trespassed Against: Nickel Mines, One Year Later
October 7, 2007 7:33 AM Subscribe
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"My first day on the job was the Amish school shooting at Nickel Mines in Lancaster County, Pa. in October of 2006.
Here is some video of what I saw that day." Raw footage from that terrible day, recently posted to YouTube. 1
It's been a little over a year since a milk truck driver walked into the one room school in Nickel Mines Pennsylvania and shot ten girls, killing five, finally turning the gun on himself.
Half of the seventy-five attendees at the killer's funeral were Amish and included parents of the victims. The week after it happened the community set up two funds to help the surviving families, one for the families of the girls, one for the the children of the shooter.
Forgiveness is a central part of the Amish belief system, taking the sermon on the mount
as Christ's direct and specific description of how to live in the world. This includes the line from the Lord's Prayer: Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us.
NPR on the anniversary
and about a pretzel company's founders
and their efforts to help.
Three leading Anabaptist scholars have just published a book about the incident, Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy
from that book.
The Amish FAQ page
from the Young Center for Anabaptists and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College.
The anniversary covered by the local paper.