Mountain View Bruins are hosting Bruin Strong Week to commemorate the stabbing that occurred last year on November 15 in the boys locker room.
The incident occurred when a Mountain View student brought a knife to school with the intent to do harm to others. He stabbed five students, and then attempted, and failed, to take his own life. He has since been charged as an adult for one attempt of aggravated murder.
How students have dealt with this event has been a large reflection of the Mountain View community. Administration and faculty often refer to that day as the “Miracle of Mountain View.”
“There were so many miracles that day,” said Belinda Talonia, a Mountain View administrator, “starting with the miracle of life—the miracle that all those students who were injured horribly—they all survived; miracles of everybody being in the right place at the right time; Dr. Chun standing in the hallway when the first victim came down to tell him and him being able to react so fast; those situational miracles like the first responder; the miracle of the police department getting out here so quickly, paramedics getting here, Sergeant Fredrickson being in the building and being able to find him so quickly and let him know what the situation was. There were just so many miracles. And then the miracle of healing. The miracle of healing that those of us who were here, and those of us who saw, and those of us who were victims . . . the miracles they’ve seen in their own lives.”
In order to honor the Miracle of Mountain View, MV is hosting “Bruin Strong Week,” which will be a week when students will be able to remember and move on from what happened.
David Smith, Mountain View’s principal, commented on the week’s events, saying, “ We wanted to celebrate the culture of Mountain View and how our resiliency and our culture helped us get through this difficult event last November. So as we talked through that; we kind of came up with a plan to have what we’ll call A Bruin Strong Week. And the hope is that we’ll continue to do this for the next many years and in Bruin Strong week, we celebrate the culture of Mountain View High School, and we celebrate our resilience and our grit, and we celebrate the way we feel united. Honestly, the events from a year ago helped us become united, and we want to keep that unity that we had during a tragedy and have it during our celebration of our culture.”
For this week, clubs will be hosting lunchtime activities. Bruin Crew will be in charge of Monday, Hope Squad is Tuesday, LIA has Wednesday, Thursday is faculty, and Student Council is in charge of Friday. Lanyards will also be handed out to any member of the student body who wants them.
Robbie Miller, the Student Body President, said, “At the end of the week, we’ll have the drum line come out and do the fight song at the at end of the day with the whole school.”
The common goal of Bruin Strong week seems to be to promote unity and resilience.
“I hope students are reminded of two things: strength and compassion,” said Administrator Rick Stafford. “Bruin Strong to me means resilient individually and determined collectively.”
Some of the victims have said that all they truly want from the student body is that people are kind, helpful and keep moving forward. One of the victims also said he would love it if they could get recognition for how far they have truly come in their journey.
Regarding the entire community of Mountain View, Derek Ellison, another MV Administrator, said, “I hope that [we] can take pride in where we live, where we’re from, and who we are.”