Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Shooting

My heart is heavy today.

Early this morning, during the premier of The Dark Knight Rises, a gunman entered a theater in Colorado, and killed twelve people and injured fifty- nine others. It's the deadliest shooting since the Fort Hood massacre in 2009. 

The gunman, identified as James Egan Holmes, entered the theater, and threw in a smoke bomb, and began to shoot when the moviegoers began to run.

Witnesses have said that at first, they assumed that it was part of the special effects, as the shooting happened during a scene with gunfire. He had kicked down an emergency door and entered the theater, carrying a shotgun and a rifle.  Holmes had apparently painted his hair red, and said he was "The Joker."

According to James Wilburn, a man who had been sitting in the second row of the affected theater, the shooter was dressed all in black, wearing a flack jacket and a gas mask. Wilburn and his friends dropped to the floor when they realized what was going on. “The shooter was only five or six feet away,” he says.

Once the shotgun was empty, Holmes calmly dropped it to the floor and started shooting with the riffle.

Naya Thompson, who was seeing the movie with her boyfriend, were running for their lives. She says that the gas spread quickly, and the gunman must have had a lot of it. "It was like a tear gas," Thompson told the newspaper. "I was coughing and choking and I couldn't breathe."

Jordan told the paper that one girl was struck in cheek, others in stomach including a girl who looked to be around 9-years-old. The youngest victim was about six years old. Jordan said it sounded like firecrackers until someone began yelling, "They're shooting out here!"

President Obama said he is "shocked and saddened" by the mass shooting and urged the nation to "come together as one American family." He said his administration will do everything it can to support the people of Aurora, Colo.

"As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family," Obama said in a statement. "All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors."

The police have released a statement from the family of the shooter, saying, "Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved."
I can’t imagine what the victims, witnesses and families are going through. I’m in shock. My heart is heavy, and I’m praying for them.
This sounds cliché, but this just reminds me that tomorrow is never guaranteed. These people went to see a movie, and some of them aren’t coming out. I’ve messaged all my friends, telling them how much they mean to me. I can’t imagine what I would do if I got the call, telling me that any one of them had died.
It’s such a tragedy, and I will be keeping everyone in my prayers.
Xx, Nell

Monday, July 9, 2012

Take Two

Hello everyone!
Day 2 of Wreck This Journal. This is the cover of my journal now. I warned you. I said it didn't look anything like the first picture anymore.  I've drawn all over it in white- out, with song lyrics and doodles.

To Create is to Destroy

Hey guys! I got a Wreck This Journal a couple months back, and it's my summer goal to finish it. For those of you who don't know, the theme of the journal is to become creative by destroying the book. You do things such as take it in the shower, throw it from a high place, crack the spine,  spill coffee on it, write one word over and over, and  make a sudden, unpredictable movement with the journal. I've been working on it all summer, and it's a lot of fun.
I'm going to be posting my progress, showing pictures of different pages and telling what I did to them.
This picture to the left is my Wreck This Journal when it was brand spanking new.
I'm warning you... it doesn't look like this any more.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Scholarship Opportunisties

Hey ya’ll! So I’m filling out scholarship applications, and there’s a scholarship, where you get entered for every time someone registers on the website through you. For example, if three people register through me, I get three entries.

So if you can, click on this link, and register through there, You never even have to use the website again, just register, for me. :)

Here’s the link:

And make sure you use that link to register, or it doesn’t count for me.

Thanks, lovlies! :)