Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Schnell shooting aftermath

EDITOR: It’s been two years and eight months since Sam LaCara was tragically taken from us. My son was there, and to this day he hates school. He loved school until this happened, and he still enjoys learning, but he can’t bear being at school. He tells me it’s not that he doesn’t feel safe at school; he just feels very sad. He misses both people involved that day — John Luebbers (known affectionately to some kids as “Mr. John”) as well as Mr. LaCara.

I’m curious — how many students who were there that day are having attendance and/or mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression? Many of them are junior high-age now; and they are now mature enough to fully grasp what happened. I wonder if perhaps some kind of support group would be helpful for these kids. Does anybody know if the schools are offering any counseling? Of course they did immediately following the shooting, but people are often most affected by a traumatic event well after it actually happened.

I would appreciate any feedback from parents, other relatives, or the students themselves. My e-mail is elise_bone@yahoo.com.

KRISTEN MIKULA
Orangevale

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 22, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    I miss Mr. Lacara being in this world as well. He was a gifted teacher...as well as a gifted admin. Prayers to his family. So Yes...he is still in peoples thoughts...and young people may want to talk about it. (I did not know the other person--but I imagine that family is hurting as well--prayers for them as well.)

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  • children are a giftOctober 23, 2013 - 6:32 am

    As I think of all the children affected that day long ago as it only seems like yesterday, yes it is once again pain-filled thoughts for any of us. Especially as the news on t.v. reminds us all once again as we watch the Nevada shooting & Now once again as we think and talk about it all, and the affect it has on the children, it is ALL such a tragedy. Oh yes -it is truly heartbreaking to say the least. Yet I believe as my own opinion that the children most affected by the shooting that day in Placerville is most sadly the shooters child born of "Mr. John". She will live with the aftermath tormenting thoughts of what her dad did for the rest of her life. I pray she gets help the right help throughout her lifetime, and forgives as we all need to do, daily. For the child/children not able to go back to school for whatever the fearful mindful reasons -the other option is homeschooling. & Remember- I/We can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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  • jon schroderOctober 28, 2013 - 10:11 am

    Let it rest.

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  • Loving thoughts/prayers will continue on foreverNovember 04, 2013 - 10:29 pm

    Sad to say there is No rest for the wicked, and there is no fear of God before their eye's. "Hold back the winds of strife! For it's children who pay the greatest price." May the innocent victims rest in peace.

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