April 9 started as a regular day at Franklin Regional Senior High School but ended in a most unexpected manner. Twenty-two people were injured, some seriously, allegedly by a 16-year-old sophomore, in knife attacks. My heart goes out for the injured.
On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Pittsburgh, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all the victims, families and friends. I wish them a speedy recovery and pray that they find courage to overcome this tragedy.
I would also like to commend the efforts of those individuals who tried to minimize the damage. The security guard and assistant principal who apprehended the suspect by risking their lives, the brave girl who applied pressure on the wounds of her friend, the doctors and staff of Forbes Regional Hospital and other facilities to which the injured were taken all deserve our appreciation. These courageous acts remind me of a verse of the holy Quran (5:33) that states, “And who so gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.”
I would request the authorities take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our students and make sure that such incidents are avoided in the future.
The writer is the imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Pittsburgh.