A high school principal in Utah believes divine intervention might have helped at least one student survive a horrific stabbing attack that unfolded earlier this month at his school.
Principal Taran Chun of Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah, penned a letter to the high school community this week, detailing his views on the Nov. 15 attack that left five victims injured before the purported 16-year-old perpetrator responsible stabbed himself in the neck; that young suspect survived and has been charged with attempted murder, Deseret News reported.
Court documents indicate that the alleged perpetrator “brought with himself to school a bo staff, knives, and other tools to inflict physical violence against others,” painting a terrifying picture of what unfolded at the school, according to KSTU-TV.
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But it was the story of one seriously injured student that truly moved Chun, with the principal attributing the young man’s survival to angels of some sort.
“For those of us who are familiar with this student’s story, we credit angels, whether in the form of students we have not yet identified, or angels sent from heaven, for inspiring this student to get up from the floor, who prevented this student from leaving through an exit which would cut him off from all help, and who pointed him in the direction he should go to receive immediate help,” the principal wrote in the letter.
The details surrounding this student’s survival, which are documented in Chun’s letter, are certainly intriguing. The victim reportedly played dead during the attack and then later started calling for help after the attacker moved on. Then he noticed two unnamed individuals who walked past him, but didn’t stop to assist.
“He was surprised that they did not stop to try to help him. Something impressed him that he should follow these individuals and so despite his injuries, he somehow got up and began to follow them,” Chun recounted. “The individuals stopped and turned to him. One of them said to him, ‘Go to the administration.'”
But the injured young man thought to himself, “How can I get to the administration?” And that’s when one of these individuals told him to go to the bathroom.
At first, the victim was cautious, as the locker room was previously where the danger was, but after he started walking toward the nearest restroom, that’s when he saw Chun and another administrator — an encounter that helped save his life.
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“He did not (previously) know that we were there, and we were not aware that he was there either. Being so engaged with the perpetrator, I was not aware of anyone else in the locker room,” Chun wrote. “I did not notice this student until I saw from my peripheral vision a light appear. I turned to see this student standing there as if standing under a light.”
Another odd and intriguing detail is the fact that the victim, according to Chun, was holding the wounds on his neck with both hands — something that’s quite curious and seemingly impossible considering the student suffered a paralysis to his right arm that will last up to three years as a result of the stabbing; he is currently unable to use his right arm.
“How he got up from the floor, and how he got both hands raised to his wounds to slow the bleeding is a miracle in itself,” Chun said.
The principal isn’t the only person open to potential divine intervention, as Yafeth Ortiz, one of the victims who was stabbed during the attack, told KSTU-TV it feels as though there’s some grander reason for his survival.
“I feel like I was being protected and watched over,” he said.
(H/T: Deseret News)
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