I know nothing except rumours about the accused, but he was also someone’s innocent little boy. I can’t imagine what his family is going through right now. It's just all such a nightmare.
Chloe was in a lunch hour math review class when the school went into lockdown. There was no teacher in the class at the time, which made it a little traumatic.* Just before the lockdown started, one of her friends came into the class all freaked out because she’d seen part of the fight and called 911. So at least they knew what the situation was and didn’t have to worry that they were in danger. When the lockdown was lifted, Chloe had to go straight to the gym to write her provincial English exam. Never mind sending the children home after being at school during the first Winnipeg high school murder in 27 years. Let’s make them write an exam! But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, kids are strange, amazing creatures. If people around them – i.e., the teachers – are acting like things are normal, the kids just trust that things are okay and carry on. That’s probably not the greatest way to deal with things long-term, but sometimes you just have to focus on the present. Obviously some kids are having a tougher time coming to terms with it than others, but it’s a tough ending to the school year for everyone.
So today I’m thinking of Brett's family as they bury their boy. I'm praying that they will have peace and comfort and faith that they’ll see him again one day.
*I’d like to point out that despite the tense and uncertain situation, Chloe made no attempt to call her mother. I didn’t even know about the situation until Chloe got home from school at 3:45. (She’s very practical: she said she had to write her exam and then she thought it would just make more sense to tell me in person when she got home.)