St. Peter’s Church in Springfield Township is hosting a special guest this Sunday — Terri Roberts, whose son, Charles Carl Roberts, carried out the shootings at the Nickel Mines Amish school house.
The Rev. Tom Beck told me about the visit in an email: “Since the day of the tragedy, the Amish community reached out to her and the family in love, care, and compassion.“Even though it’s been six years since the incident, the Roberts family and
those Amish families affected by the shooting continue to meet on a regular
If you aren’t families with the story, read about it here.
Hard to believe it’s been over six years since that Oct. 2, 2006 day when Charles Carl Roberts IV shot 10 Amish schoolgirls before turning the gun on himself. Five girls died. Five others were seriously wounded.
Since the shooting, the Amish community has rallied around the Roberts in a remarkable display of compassion as the quiet Christian sect embraced the Roberts family and strove to forgive its troubled sinner.
Terri Roberts has returned that compassion, meeting weekly at the bedside of her son’s most damaged, living victim — a paralyzed schoolgirl, now 11.
Her talk this week will focus on issues of forgiveness, love, care, and compassion.
A pretty remarkable story, and I look forward to reading what we report for next Monday’s paper. I am not sure I would be capable of such forgiveness in this situation.
St. Peter’s is located at 1708 Seitzville Road. The event is open to the public.