20 Year Anniversary of Dunblane tragedy memorial thread

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  1. gregjrichards

    gregjrichards Well-Known Member

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    Today is the 20th anniversary of the Dunblane tragedy where 16 young innocent primary school children and their highly regarded and well liked class teacher where shot and killed by a loner evil gun man in Dunblane, Scotland.

    I was 11 in 1996 when this tragedy occurred and was in school at the time when it happened. The magnitude of how this event affected people that day and for months after is very difficult to describe. I remember people being very upset and crying for days and others were stunned and emotionally numb unable to comprehend what had happened. People all over the world were shocked, horrified and upset.

    It wasn't till after school and the news was on and I saw how upset my mum was that it hit me and I became very upset. I remember being fearful of going to school for a long time after it happened. The tragedy resulted in Scottish Schools having secure entry installed.

    I wanted to create a memorial thread for the anniversary to remember the victims.

    The 17 victims of the Dunblane massacre were:
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    Gwen Mayor, 45, teacher of Primary One
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    Victoria Clydesdale, 5
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    Emma Crozier, 5
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    Melissa Currie, 5
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    Charlotte Dunn, 5
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    Kevin Hasell, 5
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    Ross Irvine, 5
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    David Kerr, 5
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    Mhairi McBeath, 5
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    Brett McKinnon, 6
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    Abigail McLennan, 5
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    Emily Morton, 5
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    Sophie North, 5
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    John Petrie, 5
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    Joanna Ross, 5
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    Hannah Scott, 5
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    Megan Turner, 5

    May they Rest in Peace
     
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  3. ScotAng

    ScotAng New Member

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    It was the most horrendous time GR. You mentioning seeing how upset your mother was, choked me. My little one was 5 and was so upset at all the distress around her. It caused a lot of anxiety with the little ones, but the schools were all wonderful in dealing with it. A lot changed that day.

    I knew the Grandad of little Emily, a friend is related to Ron Taylor, the Principal at the time.

    Bless their little hearts, and Gwens, always. Thank you. :heartbeat:
     
  4. skibaboo

    skibaboo Active Member

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    What a horrible day that was. Truly shocking. IIRC the gun was purchased in York? I felt ashamed of my home city even though I know I had no reason to, but still :(

    RIP :rose:

    Always remembered
     
  5. CoverMeCagney

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    I watched the program about it yesterday, cried the whole way through.

    We have to be thankful that our gun laws changed forever as a result of this tragedy, the first school shooting we suffered, and the last. Handguns were banned across the whole of the UK within 2 years and we have not had a school shooting since. Or in fact many other shootings.

    Here's a list of UK massacres which includes only 3 major shooting sprees EVER - Hungerford 1987, Dunblane 1996 and Cumbria 2010. It sickens me whenever it happens in other parts of the world and I'm so glad we don't have a gun culture here.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_Great_Britain
     
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    Ragamuffin New Member

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    The photo of Gwen Mayor's class has haunted me ever since.

    Also in 1996 was the awful spree in Port Arthur, Tasmania. In the UK and Aus, these two massacres changed gun laws significantly, as CoverMeCagney says.

    My memories of watching the Dunblane coverage, and the public response and outrage are in sharp contrast to the coverage and response here in the US after Sandy Hook.

    May all the victims rest in peace.
     
  7. gregjrichards

    gregjrichards Well-Known Member

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    Yes it was a very difficult time and there was a lot of anxiety. You're right the schools did handle the situation very well the one I attended did. We tried out best to carry on at school normally but were encouraged to discuss any feelings we had.

    I'm pleased that hand guns were banned and something positive happened from the tragedy to help prevent a reoccurrence. I know it is a very sensitive and difficult issue in the U.S.A. America has suffered greatly with the number of school and college shootings that have occurred I can't imagine what that must be like.

    It's a very difficult photo to look at knowing so many died it's hard looking at the little ones faces knowing they never got the chance to grow up. Gwen Mayor should be alive enjoying retirement now. It's just tragic.

    Sandy Hook is also a terrible tragedy it makes me very angry when I read about these people who think it didn't happen. It's a disgusting claim to make when parents have lost their child and have been left heartbroken and devastated.
     
  8. MelmothTheLost

    MelmothTheLost Well-Known Member

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    There was another spree shooting incident that always gets forgotten, perhaps because there were "only" five deaths. It occurred in Birmingham in 1978.

    http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/night-barry-williams-killed-five-7888180

    Astonishingly, the shooter was only convicted of manslaughter and was released from Broadmoor after only 15 years before returning to Birmingham and getting married ....!
     

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