Morning Prayer had concluded when I learned that a fired Spanish teacher at Episcopal High School returned to the campus later in the day yesterday and shot to death the school's headmistress before taking his own life.
Senseless acts of violence can really rattle the soul, and they serve as a reminder that bad things do happen, even within the walls of private schools. There are little details as to why Headmistress Dale Regan felt she needed to fire Shane Schumerth. But the fact that the 28-year-old came back in the afternoon carrying an AK-47 assault rifle in his guitar case tells me that he must have been perceived as a threat, or at least unstable.
Prayers ascending for all in the Jacksonville area affected by this tragedy. Prayers for the families of both victims, and may God's peace and love transcend the pain to touch those who are troubled and grieving.