On Thursday, Nov. 14, a 16-year old student at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, located 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, opened fire at his school. He killed two, not including himself, and injured three. The deceased victims were a 16-year old girl named Gracie Muehlberger and a 14-year old boy named Dominic Blackwell, they both died at the hospital. The injured victims were a 15-year old girl, a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year old boy.
The shooting happened around 7:30 in the morning and within seconds of the first gunshots the shooting ended. This caused major distress, chaos and confusion for the students and employees of the high school. The tragedy stretches beyond the seconds in which it happened and will very likely affect the individuals present and the community for years to come, if not for the rest of their lives.
This shooting is unfortunately and heartbreakingly only one of the 45 school shootings that have occurred in the US this year. Under much tighter security, classes resumed at Saugus High School on Dec. 2, after the Thanksgiving holiday. Parents, school staff and the community did their best to safely welcome the students back to their school, striving to return to a new normal after a horrifying tragedy.