When it comes to the horrific school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, you’re more than likely going to hear the mainstream media drone on and on about how much gun control is needed and other such nonsense.
What you aren’t probably going to hear a lot about are the heroes involved in the incident, such as Christian “Riley” Garcia, a 15-year-old student who gave the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of his fellow classmates.
This is a tale that’s both tragic and inspiring.
CNN reported that Christian died on Friday after reportedly attempting to block the mass killer from entering a classroom.
Keenan Smith, the Garcia family’s pastor, told the outlet of his parishioner’s brave actions.
“[Christian] was holding the door shut when the shooter was trying to gain access into that art room … the shooter shot through the door, taking his [Christian’s] life,” Smith told CNN.
According to the report, Christian was able to keep the mass killer at bay long enough to allow students to escape through an alternate route.
“He was against the door trying to help his teacher, trying to help another student, and trying to shield the others there,” Smith said.
Christian’s pastor went on to state that the young man had planned on going into the military after high school, making it clear that he truly had a heart to serve and protect others, a trait that was deeply ingrained in who he was.
We live at a unique time in history where heroes are in short supply. The example of Garcia’s sacrifice serves as a lesson for each and every American that love gives itself for others, even if it means forfeiting one’s life.
While there are times that future generations look completely lost on an emotional and psychological level, kids like Garcia remind us that not all of them are beyond hope. In fact, most of them are good kids with bad teachers, both in school and at home.
Let’s hope the kids Garcia died to save always remember the sacrifice he made for them and never allow his memory to fade in their minds.
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