The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience Part 4

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 9th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This series will deal with some of the questions and answers concerning why some people become lone gunmen and take it upon themselves to go out and shoot innocent school children or college and university students.


A Montrealer's reflections of the Dawson College Shooting -continued

I walked by Dawson College that night on my way to the synagogue as I had done hundred's of times before. I got off the bus and started to walk up the hill by the College. It should have been routine, it should have been an ordinary evening; it should have been simply a time for meto think about the myriad of things that are going on in my life as I made the familiar weekly trek. Instead this journey was not about me and the happenings in my personal world. It was about the world of Dawson College, the very same colleg I attended in the 1970's.

Walking past Dawson College

Dusk had already set in on the streets of Montreal but the corner of De Maisonneuve and Atwater lit up with candles. The light from these candles were visible from the bus stop as I got out. I walked up the street and entered the crowd of students gathered there. No one spoke. Everyone stood in silence in front of the flowers and candles reflecting upon the recent terrible happenings that transpired just a few days before. I stopped my walk and stood in silence with them. I said a silent prayer until the tears welled up and I decided it was time to move on.

I continued my walk up the hill and saw more deposits of flowers in front of the two separate sets of cast iron gates. Each inch of the campus stood out as a bold reminder of the horrible day that wrecked the lives of so many students.

Anastasia De Sousa

Sept 13, 2006, was the day that took the life of 18 year old Anastasia De Sousa, a beautiful young woman and business student whose dreams and aspirations were cut short in the very prime of her life.

As I neared the final corner of the campus on my way to the synagogue I stopped to talk to a middle aged man and his young daughter who had parked their car to deposit flowers at the site. I pointed him in the direction of the vigil and they thanked me for it. No more words were exchanged. The city was still very much in shock.

To be continued

Some links to previous articles in this series

The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience - Part 1
The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience Part 2

The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience Part 3

All photos taken from the public domain

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Apr 2015 (#)

I'm continuing to follow this series. Blessings.

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