On March 5 at Santana High in Santee a 15-year-old boy pulled a pistol and killed two fellow students and wounded a number of others. That is tragic. Compounding the senselessness is the knowledge prior to the shooting this young boy told numerous classmates and even some adults he was going to do it.
The question is being asked, "How could all of those people have disregarded such a clearly stated threat? Why didn't they notify authorities or take some action to try to prevent this from happening?" Why indeed.
On Feb. 28 and again on March 5 in the PROBE section of your newspaper, items appeared that criticized both myself and the church I am the pastor of for taking exactly that kind of action.
In recent months we have had a young man attending our church who has a long history of mental illness as well as some acts of violence against others. This man was welcomed and included into the full life of our church. Members had him as a guest in their homes and purchased Christmas presents for him and his family. On numerous occasions both the church and individual members provided financial assistance for his family. Suffice it to say he was made to feel very welcome.