Posted by PAUSD Alum & Passer By Today, a resident of another community, on May 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm
I was slowed going through the intersection this morning and then shocked to see the yellow tarp covering the body 100 yards from me as I passed by. It was a horrifying reality after just reading about the woman by the San Antonio Street Station yesteday. I prayed it was not a student from the former Wilbur Jr. Hgh adjacent to the site, but it sadddens me very very deeply to know it was a Gunn Sr High School Junior who made this choice today. Adolescence has so much opportunity to make mistakes and if we survive, mistakes we can learn from. My heart goes out to the family, friends and classmates of this young man who saw no other choice for what troubled him. There is always a choice. Always. My heart goes out to this student's family.
Posted by pragmatic, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on May 6, 2009 at 11:38 am
The above poster(s) who insist(s) that the photos be removed is(are) really saying "let's not deal with this -- it's too horrible."
Instead, someone needs to take a hard look at what is happening around here. This is a cold, apathetic community that is more focused on scores, resume fodder, and material wealth than on character or caring for others. Some people have devoted relatives and friends, but for most, there's only adulation if you're at the top and scorn if you're not. As a society, the PA-MP area is devoid of the human connections that add value to our existence.
Maybe those of us who are bothered by the local culture just need to take our vulnerable children and leave, because I don't know that we can change it. But I do know that change begins by looking atrocities and tragedies in the face, not by sweeping them out of our sight.