Claire Davis, a 17-year-old student who was shot and critically injured during a shooting at Arapahoe High School, remains in a coma. She was shot a close range and has suffered severe head trauma. The Chicago Tribune News reported on Dec. 16, 2013, that school is closed today in order to allow for crime scene investigation. The report stated that a prayer vigil was held yesterday afternoon on school grounds. This event was closed to the media.
Friends speak highly of Claire Davis. She is well liked and always has a crowd of people around her. The Davis family is requesting that the media and others respect their privacy during this difficult time. Their focus must be on Claire and her recovery.
The family is asking for prayers for Claire, so that she may recover fully. She is still in a coma. Although Claire Davis was not an intended victim, she took the brunt of the attack. A second prayer vigil and candlelight ceremony was held at a nearby park.
Police say that they believe Karl Pierson, the shooter, had the debate coach as his intended victim. Pierson was armed with a shotgun and ammunition, three Molotov cocktails, and a machete. Eventually, Pierson committed suicide after being cornered by police. An armed deputy at the school was the first to respond.
Lynda Altman is very concerned about the state of the public schools in Arkansas and the United States. My heart and prayers go out to Claire Davis and her family. Lynda writes a blog called Homeschooling When Mom has Cancer. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.