"It’s kind of cliche that individuals grow strong under adversity. And the way you respond to adversity really defines your character"
By Tiana Vakaafi and Tristen Noble
On the morning of November 15, 2016, a student at Mountain View High School allegedly attacked five of his classmates in the boy’s locker room with a 3-inch long blade.
The 16-year-old sophomore came to school with the intention to harm his classmates, according to Mountain View principal Dr. Chun, although his actions were, by all signs and symptoms, unprovoked and random.
First responders flooded the school and the student was in police custody within six minutes after emergency services received the call. Staff and first responders handled the event admirably, and it “could have been much worse,” according to the Chief of the Orem Police Department.
After news of the attack was released, other schools immediately began to take action. Lehi, Wasatch, Timpanogos, UCAS, Lone Peak, Corner Canyon and Orem High School expressed their love and concern to Mountain View by bringing posters signed by their student body and posting condolences for those affected on social media using hashtags such as #bruinstrong and #prayformountainview, and adopting the phrase, “We will stand with MV” as a sign of fellowship and support.
On November 16, MV students recognized the event by dressing formally, and student government members distributed yellow ribbons. Other schools dressed in MV colors in an effort to demonstrate sympathy and support toward those affected. They also promised to support Mountain View by coming to the production The Little Mermaid.
All these high schools set their rivalries, animosities and differences aside and showed real concern toward the victims and community as a whole.
Dr. Chun commented on the recent event, saying, “It’s kind of cliche that individuals grow strong under adversity. And the way you respond to adversity really defines your character. Well, as an entire school community we all are facing tremendous adversity together, and I believe that the way that we’ve responded and the way that we will continue to respond to this adversity will make us stronger and will define our character.
Mountain View High School is already an extremely caring, supportive and kind community, and the recent events that have impacted our school only increase that compassion and kindness and the bond that we feel as a community.”
“I heard about what happen from my teacher and it shocked me because we’re so close. This can happen to anyone!” said Anissa Morrison, a Timpanogos student.
“It was just scary to hear and we were worried because we have friends that attend Mountain View,” adds Baylee Gunnell, another Timpanogos student.
Mountain View thanks these schools for their love and their support. Posters and cards comforted many students and reminded them that they are not alone.