Site of Amish Schoolhouse Shooting Razed
The Pennyslvania schoolhouse that was the site of a brutal shooting spree ten days ago was bulldozed and removed this morning.
Workers with heavy machinery rather than hand tools moved in before dawn Thursday and demolished the one-room Amish schoolhouse where a gunman fatally shot five girls and wounded five others.
Construction lights glared in the mist as a large backhoe tore into the overhang of the school’s porch around 4:45 a.m., then knocked down the bell tower and toppled the walls. Within 15 minutes, the building was reduced to a pile of rubble. By 7:30 a.m., the debris was gone, leaving just a bare patch of earth.
The schoolhouse had been boarded up since the killings 10 days earlier, with classes moved to a nearby farm. “I thought there was widespread feeling in the community that it was important to remove the building,” said Herman Bontrager, a Mennonite businessman who is serving as a spokesman. “Especially for the children, but not only for the children.”
This is one advantage of a simple, one-room schoolhouse. It would be inconceivable to knock down an expensive modern school building for the sake of quick closure, but it’s a simple matter here.