Written by on December 16, 2021

We’ve all heard the tragic story from Oxford, Michigan on November 30th. A young man took a gun to school and four people lost their lives and seven others were injured . These stories are never easy to see or read, but when it involves kids with so much life to live it seems to be even harder to fathom. One of the stories that came out of this tragedy is that one student may have tried to stop the shooter and perhaps saved some of his school mates. Tate Myre, who starred on the high school’s football team and as a wrestler is reported to have tried to stop the gunman. There are several statements that he was a great young man who had an incredible work ethic in stories I’ve read. In one report his father, when he couldn’t find Tate came to the realization that if anyone would try to stop the shooter that it would be him, and that he was fast enough to be the first kid out of the school. Tate was injured in the gunfire and a police officer tried to rush him to the hospital with his squad car, but he never made it there. He was just 16 years old. Madisyn Baldwin and Justin Shilling who were both 17 years old, and Hana St. Juliana were the other students that tragically lost their lives that day. These kids all had dreams of doing more and now those dreams are not to be. Former Minnesota Vikings fullback and Oxford head coach, Zach Line put out a heart felt tweet at the loss of one of his player. At the Vikings vs Lions game that Sunday players wore jerseys with Tate’s number and name on them, or Oxford High School clothing including Michigan native and MSU alumni, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. You could see #OxfordStrong everywhere that weekend in support of the community. Tate always had the dream of playing at Michigan State University and being a Spartan, and someday announcing his commitment to the college. Yesterday was National Signing Day when high school athletes officially announce their commitment to play sports for, and attend a specific college. MSU did a very awesome and heart wrenching gesture by making Tate an honorary Spartan for life as part of their class of 2022 and the first commitment they announced. It was a very classy move.

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