Tuesday, April 04, 2006

That's The Way The Ball Bounces

I'm in "things I don't understand" mode today. A North Carolina man wants to raise money for a memorial Wall Ball for Fernan Elementary School where Dylan Groene was a student and sister Shasta still is. A plaque in his memory has also been proposed.

There is concern that as long as Shasta attends this school the presence of a plaque might be too painful a reminder of the murder/kidnapping of which she, Dylan, another brother, mother and a friend were victims. A wall I suppose would be so obscure she wouldn't notice.

It was suggested the plaque be placed at the Human Rights Education Institute where it surely will be seen by the multitudes. Yet being taken to the scene of the crime for a birthday celebration and television interviews has no effect on Shasta at all.

"Two different worlds, we live in two different worlds..."


Phil said...

I think Shasta would be proud knowing there is some sort of play equipment at her school in Dylan's memory.

Concerning what affects Shasta. I don't know anything about her, but today when I took my kids to Ramsey Park for soccer team photos, I saw this happy little girl skipping down the sidewalk towards us. She looked at me and got a big beaming smile on her face, to which I couldn't help but smile back. Only as she passed us did I realize it was Shasta and my heart skipped a beat. It just made me feel so good to see her happy. I don't know, but maybe she's going to be okay.

Bill in NC said...

I am the man from NC proposing the fundraising for a memorial to honor Dylan. The school district super. is really giving us a hard time about having a plaque for Dylan on school grounds. Steve Groene is 100% supportive of this effort and feels Shasta would not be bothered by a plaque. I am not proposing a garish or loud plaque, just something tasteful to blend in to the surroundings. Dylan enjoyed school and really loved recess and I could think of no better way to honor this little warrior. Am I crazy? I just want to do something to honor the little guy. But a playground with no plaque is just another playground.