Chardon Shooting Victim’s Mom Has a Message You Need to Hear (VIDEO)

Phyllis FergusonAs it has with all other school shootings, it's going to take awhile for American parents to get past the senseless killings at Chardon High School this week. The deaths of three innocent children left a lot of us wondering how a parent can recover from sending their kids off to class in the morning and never seeing them again. So you may not believe the words the mother of one of the school's shooting victims had to say today, but they could help us all heal.

Demetrius Hewlin's mom, Phyllis Ferguson, has every right to cry, to get angry, to scream and wail. But when she got on ABC News, she did none of those things.


Instead, Ferguson says if she were face-to-face with alleged victim TJ Lane, she would reach out to him. And she would forgive him:

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Did you just gasp? Me too. She is one incredible human being. I just hope people have the same response I did. I mean, can you imagine being in her shoes? Really. Go ahead and imagine what you would say.

I don't think I'd be saying much of anything. I'd be a puddle on the floor alternating between loud wails and violent puffs on my asthma inhaler. I hate to be one of those mothers who says their child is their "life," but I hope she is in her dotage, and I'm long gone before anything happens to my daughter. As my mother said to me once, parents are not supposed to bury their kids; it's supposed to be the other way around.

So I can't imagine forgiving the person who killed my child. The deaths of her 17-year-old son and his friends Russell King Jr., also 17, and Daniel Parmertor, 16, seem unforgivable.

But man do I have some major respect for Phyllis Ferguson right now. She has taken the sort of dark, twisted thoughts that would drive someone to kill innocent kids and blasted it with a dose of something so positive and good that we should all sit here in awe. She's given America a wonderful gift -- the power to go forth not with anger but with the power to make the world a better place.

What would you like to say to Phyllis Ferguson and the parents of the other Chardon victims today?


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