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Dunblane - the story of those left behind
marymary100 - 5-3-2016 at 10:22

Programme

Twenty years ago next week, a gunman shot and killed 16 children and their teacher in Dunblane Primary School, before turning the gun on himself. It remains the deadliest firearms atrocity ever committed in the UK.

People involved in the tragic events of that day have shared their stories in a BBC documentary, several for the first time.


It pleased me that I remembered the name of the teacher, Gwen Mayor, and not the killer.

Life in Scotland was changed after this event. All of our schools are now supposed to have a single entry point for visitors which is secured with a lock.

Gun ownership law was changed so that firearms clubs were the only way to "enjoy" and practise unless you had some proven need to have a firearm in your secure possession. Many grumbled that this was an over-reaction but shootings in Scottish schools are as rare as hen's teeth. I think it was the right thing to do.

We often think of the victims but this programme will give a voice to the survivors. It's important that these voices are heard too.


LSemmens - 5-3-2016 at 13:02

It is good to give voice to the survivors of any wrong done. We've just had some survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of some clergy visit Rome as a result of royal commission into child sexual abuse. They were, at least, able to meet with the man who was overseeing the Australian Church at the time, though their requests for audience with the Pope were supposedly not passed on. I suspect that someone is attempting to "protect" the pontiff from these "radicals". I would hope that he does hear about this and makes an effort to contact these people. This episode has, at least, given them some voice.

Strangely enough, they are promoting some newly released "hidden" video of the Port Arthur Massacre, coincidentally, also 20 years ago.


waffler - 5-3-2016 at 17:26

I used to work with a guy who was the killers next door neighbour .


the bear - 5-3-2016 at 23:01

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Originally posted by LSemmens
It is good to give voice to the survivors of any wrong done. We've just had some survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of some clergy visit Rome as a result of royal commission into child sexual abuse. They were, at least, able to meet with the man who was overseeing the Australian Church at the time, though their requests for audience with the Pope were supposedly not passed on. I suspect that someone is attempting to "protect" the pontiff from these "radicals". I would hope that he does hear about this and makes an effort to contact these people. This episode has, at least, given them some voice.

Strangely enough, they are promoting some newly released "hidden" video of the Port Arthur Massacre, coincidentally, also 20 years ago.


Not too long after the Dunblane incident Mr's Bear and Myself were staying in a small village about 4miles away from Dunblane; several times while waiting for the train to the Cairngorms we spent time in a local hostelry or browsing the high street shops in Dunblane.

There was a terrible oppressive atmosphere to the town, even at mid-day with the sun at its height the buildings seemed colourless and drab, like the setting for a Victorian melodrama. Nobody appeared to speak to each other.

I mentioned this to Mein host at our hotel in Doon and was very surprised when she told me that the shooting had divided the town, the families and relatives of the pupils that died apparently laid blame on those that survived, in fact quite a hate campaign started against two pupils who were supposed to be in school in that class that day but were not. The tension that this created was very tangible.

All very very sad.


Best regards, the Bear.


LSemmens - 6-3-2016 at 06:06

Extremely sad. Especially when people play the "blame game" when the only blame to be made was against the perpetrator of such atrocities.