She saw something. She said something. She saved countless lives.
There are several reasons that so many people can connect dots in hindsight that they can’t connect in real time.
One of those reasons is disbelief.
When we think that we know somebody, there is a temptation to tell ourselves ‘no way’, the person I know would never do such a thing.
And then we find out — too late — that there was a monster in our midst.
This Grandmother in Washington State wasn’t taking any chances. She wasn’t worried about ‘getting it wrong’, or about ‘offending’ her family. She did the right thing DESPITE any of that.
And lives were saved.
The day before everything was blown to hell in a Florida High School, on the other side of the country, a grandmother dropped a dime on her own flesh and blood.
According to police in Everett, Washington, the grandmother of Joshua Alexander O’Connor called 911 after finding disturbing journal entries that described how the 18-year-old was planning to attack his high school.
“Officers were also told the grandson had a rifle stored in a guitar case. As officers reviewed copies of the journal, they were alarmed at the statements and detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosive devices at ACES High School,” a statement from Everett police read.
“I need to make this count,” O’Connor reportedly wrote, according to the Daily Herald. “I’ve been reviewing many mass shootings/bombings (and attempted bombings) I’m learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes.”
He was trying to ‘improve’ on past school shooting events.
“Our main thing right now is gratitude, especially to the grandmother,” Andy Muntz of the Mukilteo School District said. “That couldn’t have been easy for her to do. The Everett police also did a wonderful job. That combination may have saved a lot of lives.”
From the police press release:
“This is a case where the adage ‘see something, say something’ potentially saved many lives,”
said Chief Dan Templeman. “It is critically important for community members, to include
students and parents, to remain observant and immediately report odd or suspicious behaviors
with our children or with fellow students. We were fortunate that a family member believed there
were credible threats and contacted law enforcement for further investigation. I’m sure the
decision was difficult to make, but fortunately, it was the correct one.”
Detectives continue interviewing students and school administrators to gather more information
about O’Connor and are following up on possible leads to gather more evidence in the case.
During a search warrant served at the residence, detectives seized O’Connor’s journal, inert
grenades, a cellular phone, and a High Point 9 mm carbine rifle.
It wasn’t ‘easy’. But it was right.
Well done, granny. We need more people like you to step up.
It may not have been rushing into a burning building, but it was no less heroic. In our books, you’re ‘epic’.
Here’s a shirt for real men (and women, too):
Why be average? It’s so overrated.
Everyone does that.
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