Sincere apologies to all who have posted here over the past week or so. I will be responding to those posts very soon. In the interim, I simply want to make you aware of a timely update on the Lancaster County Amish community ...
Amish students who survived the shooting spree in Nickel Mines, Bart Township, Lancaster County, PA attended school in a new building today, exactly six months after the massacre that took the lives of five of their classmates.
The new school, re-named the New Hope Amish School, is located within just a few hundred yards of the location of the old West Nickel Mines School, which was demolished by the Amish community just ten days after Charles Roberts IV shot ten young Amish girls inside the school last October.
The new school is more secure, location-wise, than its predecessor, being located behind a series of Amish homes, barely visible from the nearest public road, and accessible only by driving down a private driveway. There are now locks on the door, but the Amish have remained true to their shunning of modern conveniences by not installing a telephone within the building.
Students have been attending classes in a farmer’s garage for the past six months, but leaders of the local Amish community wanted students to be holding classes in the new building before the school year ends in mid-May, when most of the students are needed at home for spring farm chores.
The Nickel Mines Accountability Committee has collected more than four million dollars, part of which paid for construction of the new, partially brick school. Donations also have helped care for the five girls who were wounded by Roberts and survived.
Four of the five wounded girls have returned to school, but the fifth, six-year-old Rosanna King, remains in a comatose state, being fed by a feeding tube and no longer able to communicate with her family.
Roberts' widow and three children have moved from their home in a nearby village, about a mile from the shooting, to another community within Lancaster County.
Emma Zook, the nineteen-year-old teacher who ran for help on the day of the shootings, spent her first day teaching at the new schoolhouse today.
May the Lord continue to bless the Amish community, and always provide them the wisdom, strength and comfort that only He can.