Let me first off say that I am not writing this as a teacher. I am writing this as a man. I am writing this as a human being. I am writing this as a father of a daughter.
On June 15th a 19 year old former student of mine was murdered. Now as of this very moment, the name has not been officially released, but Cold Lake is not a big city and bad news travels very fast.
This young girl was a twin sister. I often referred to her as "the quiet one." She was sweet, she was kind, she was a generous soul.
It appears that she shared her heart, soul and love with a "man"(I use that term loosely) and he took advantage of it. Now one can only speculate, but it is very possible that an argument took place resulting in the murder of this young girl.
They say the inner circle of hell is reserved for people like this "man" and although he is innocent until proven guilty, if he did this disgustingly heinous crime, I hope there is a nice warm seat reserved for him.
As a father, I hope that my daughter never meets a man like this. My advice to all women in these domestic violence situations is to leave. Do not tell the man you are leaving. Just pack up your things, your family and go away. I know it is very easy to say that and I know that I make it sound oh so easy.
I just hope that if one person, male or female can do that, it may just save their lives.
Go to the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre, a shelter in your hometown, or Contact your local Police or RCMP if you are in a situation of abuse or know someone in an abusive relationship.
It could just save the life of someone you love.
Rest peacefully Samantha you're not in pain anymore.