17 years ago


luke woodhamIt had slipped my mind until I saw my cousin’s FB post:

Praying for the memories etched in our hearts and minds 17 years ago at Pearl High School……..PRAISING GOD  for the 17 years since then….

Her son was wounded by a ricochet that morning.  But for the Grace of God, this would have turned out much differently for our family.  But, he recovered fully, and is leading a life that makes us proud.  Father of two.  Recent Master’s degree from MIT.  Born again christian.  Yep, he turned out all right.  Part of God’s grace that morning in Pearl was revealed in the actions of Vice-principal Joel Myrick.  I am re-blogging his story today.


THEY DON’T TALK MUCH ABOUT JOEL MYRICK

On October 1, 1997 at Pearl High School in Pearl, MS, 16-year-old Luke Woodham  killed two students and injured seven others. Before the shooting at began, Woodham stabbed his mother to death in their home as she was about to begin her morning jog.  The shootings shocked the country.  It was said many times, if this can happen in Pearl, it can happen anywhere.  Unfortunately, over the years, this statement has proven to be true.

The shootings at Pearl High School was the first of the modern-day rash of school shootings.

But it could have been much worse.  But for the actions of vice-principal Joel Myrick, and the grace of God, it would have been.

The moment Joel Myrick heard shots, he ran to his pickup truck, removed his Colt .45 from its case, removed ammo from another case, loaded his gun and went looking for the killer. He could have confronted Woodham much sooner, but for the fact that Federal law prohibits anyone but a police officer from having a gun in or near a school.  “I’ve always kept a gun in the truck just in case something like this ever happened,” said Myrick.

By the time he confronted the Woodham, 2 students were murdered, and 7 others were wounded.   Woodham was trying to make his get-away to the nearby Middle School to continue the carnage.  Woodham’s lever-action 30-30 is an effective deer rifle.  But it takes time to chamber each round, point, aim and fire.  Precious time.  Time that Joel Myrick could have used to stop the shootings, but for gun laws.

Myrick foiled Woodham’s plan. He saw the killer fleeing and positioned himself. Woodham, seeing the gun pointed at his head, crashed the car. Myrick approached the killer and confronted him. “Here was this monster killing kids in my school, and the minute I put a gun to his head he was a kid again,” Myrick said.

Myrick’s actions stopped the shootings and saved lives.  But the MSM doesn’t talk much about him, do they?  President Obama says it’s time to have some gun control talk.  Well, OK.  Let’s just remember to talk about Joel Myrick.

see also:  <a href=”http://lubbockonline.com/news/101297/LA0540.htm”>Lubbock online</a>;
<a href=”http://www.davekopel.com/2a/othwr/principal&amp;gun.htm”>A Principal and his gun</a>; <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_High_School_shooting”>Wikipedia</a&gt;.

One Response

  1. 17 years?
    Dang, sure doesn’t seem so long ago.
    God Bless Joel Myrick.

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