Thursday, December 9, 2010

Is it really that bad?

In light of what happened at Taylor's school yesterday, i am writing this blog.

For those who don't know, a 16 year old 10th grader, Aaron Williams, who goes to Academic Magnet, doused his clothes with lighter fluid and lit a match. Quick thinking of students and staff put out the fire and he was transferred to MUSC. He was then airlifted to the Agusta Burn Center (as MUSC doesn't have one), where he passed away this afternoon.

There was a lot of spectulation about what happened and if it was on purpose or by accident but from what has been told to us and the students, it was a suicide. It has been reported that there was a suicide note left in his car and that there was no bullying involved. Apparently Aaron had friends, wasn't "popular" but was liked, and had a good home life.

I sit here writing this and feel so grief stricken......I couldn't imagine losing Taylor and cannot fathom what this boy's parents are going through right now. For those who helped with his medical care- the doctors, nurses, paramedics, ER staff- it must have been such a difficult job but thank you for caring for him.
And of course this makes me think of my friend, Gibby, who took his own life after high school. Another life that was ended too soon.

When things like this happen, so many questions are left unanswered. Why? Why there? Why then? Is life really that bad??


  1. Oh Lara, I called your mom today to find out if it was at Taylor's school. So tragic. I hope Taylor didn't see it happen, you can't unsee something like that. Praying for the family and the school.

  2. Hey Lara.....I've been thinking about you and Taylor since I heard it was at her school. I remember being that age and being devastated over things that at my age now were nothing. I wonder if something was weighing so heavy on his mind and he felt like he had no one to talk to about it without fear of retribution. We will most likely never know....I pray for all those involved. What a long, hard road they have to walk. I'm thankful that Taylor has you for a mom....may she never feel like there's something she can't come to you for. There's just too much bad in this world for any child not to have an adult to help them find the right way.