On this day: the West Nickel Mines Amish School shooting

A-community-drawn-together-in-mourningMembers of the Nickel Mines Amish community came together to share their sorrow the day after the shooting.

Just before 10:30am on the 2nd of October, 2006, Charles Carl Roberts IV walked into an Amish one-room school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and took ten girls between the ages of six and thirteen hostage. He tied up the girls and barricaded the doors.

Thirty to forty minutes later he shot his hostages.

It was America’s third school shooting in the space of a week.

The shooter’s motive was to kill only girls, as when he arrived at the school he ordered the boys to help him carry supplies in, and then told them to leave. The twenty-year-old schoolteacher, who had invited extra guests to the school because it was her birthday, managed to run to a nearby farm and call police.

Amish Funeral procession The community was devastated by the multiple shootings in rural Pennsylvania in 2006

Funeral procession for some of the girls. X

Five of the hostages died. Two girls died at the scene, another was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital, and two others died the next day. The others were critically injured. The youngest survivor, aged six at the time, is now permanently disabled, and another was blinded in one eye.

The Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pa., where a gunman shot 10 girls last week, killing five of them, is demolished by private contractors before dawn today.10122006

Demolition of the schoolhouse. X

The schoolhouse was demolished soon afterwards, and a new one rebuilt near the site.


2 thoughts on “On this day: the West Nickel Mines Amish School shooting

  1. How miserably ironic.

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