Twenty-two years ago, when I survived the shootings at Columbine High School, there were very few words or sentiments that could bring comfort or solace. That is still true today; words fall significantly short, they feel small and trite. However, I felt compelled to at least try to convey some of the comfort I wish was shared with me.
The process is definitely ongoing and roadblocks have come my way, but I have been able to turn them into speed bumps. They slow me down, but don’t stop me entirely, all because the Triumph Over Tragedy program has helped me to find some new tools for my toolbox.
My survivor story is just one of the many stories from people who suffer from the trauma of mass shootings. I tried so many things, but nothing worked for me. My hope is that if you know someone who has been in a mass shooting and is suffering that you will encourage them to reach out to The Onsite Foundation.
My perspective had shifted, and I was able to see hope and strength for the first time. It wasn’t easy to dig into the trauma, but living the rest of my life without healing was not negotiable.
Since the awful day of the senseless shooting on February 14, 2018, I have been inspired by the 17 beloved Eagles that died. With them and their families in mind, I continue moving forward with love and kindness.
On the 2nd Anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting, Amy Kenny, a yoga teacher at MSD and a Survivor Council Member for The Onsite Foundation shares her thoughts.