MONTOUR COUNTY — The sun was shining as the Danville Area Lady Ironmen took on the Lady Indians of Shamokin Area in softball Wednesday.
The game was about 200 miles from Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, where a student is accused of stabbing at least 21 people Wednesday morning.
People at the softball game said their hearts are with the western Pennsylvania community.
“I work for an educational entity, and we were kind of shocked. In my job we talked to that school a lot, it was kind of shocking. I was kind of surprised that it happened in Pennsylvania. I shouldn’t say this this way, but I’m glad it wasn’t a gun,” said Mike Lindermuth of Shamokin.
The bleachers at the game were filled with parents of high school students.
They said they cannot imagine the horror of an attack on their children.
“I couldn’t imagine what those parents are feeling right now, and I don’t want to find out,” said Maxine Harvey of Shamokin.
Still, they said they are not naive. They know it could happen.
“If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. Even with police in the school and everything else, our officers don’t get to school until quarter of eight. This happened at quarter after seven so if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” said parent Erik Nash of Shamokin.