My name is Missy Summerlin. I graduated from Pearl High School in 1992. Although I had already graduated when the shooting happened, I still feel a part of this story because it sent such shock waves through our community. Now, as a parent of a Freshman at Pearl High School, I feel like I have a responsibility to read this book. It really has opened my eyes…Not only to the events on and around that horrible day, but also to things that can be done to prevent this from happening again.
I thought I knew the story of Luke Woodham’s rampage. Everyone had talked about the story of what happened, but while reading this book I felt like I was there. There were times that I had to stop reading because I was crying so hard. I also feel like having the writings and interviews with Luke made it even more interesting because we are able to see his reasoning for why he did this.
This book is a MUST READ!!!!!!!! The writing is very personal, because Dr. Dodson was there in Pearl, living through this and trying to help his students, faculty, and the whole community understand how this could happen in our “normal” town.
We have a saying in Pearl…”It’s a great day to be a Pirate!!”… I think that this book reminded me of why it really is a great day to be a pirate. It tells the true story of brave faculty, students, and administration that, when faced with unimaginable tragedy, were able to lift each other up and heal a community.