Charles Carl Roberts IV, after barricading the doors and dismissing all but the 10 Amish girls, pointed his gun at the children.And if there is evil in this world, then surely there is good, too.
“I’m going to make you pay for my daughter,’’ state police said Roberts told them.
Police believe Roberts intended to sexually assault the girls, based on lubricating jelly they found in his belongings that morning...
They stood strong and defiant until the end. The older Amish girls bravely supporting and encouraging one another in the face of an irrational, angry gunman....This morning, in an attempt to help bring closure to the terror, the school house where the attack took place was torn town. Built by hand, the building was leveled by machinery.
There was fear in the schoolhouse, but also a protectiveness, with the older girls looking out for the little ones...
Workers with heavy machinery rather than hand tools moved in before dawn Thursday and demolished the one-room Amish schoolhouse where a gunman fatally shot five girls and wounded five others.According to the wire article, the plan is to leave a quiet pasture where the schoolhouse stood.
Construction lights glared in the mist as a large backhoe tore into the overhang of the school's porch around 4:45 a.m., then knocked down the bell tower and toppled the walls. Within 15 minutes, the building was reduced to a pile of rubble. By 7:30 a.m., the debris was gone, leaving just a bare patch of earth.
May goodness and peace be in that pasture... and in the hearts of all who were touched by this horrific event.