3. Steven McDonald
A report on astonishing acts of forgiveness accounts for the example of a police officer's response to being shot. In 1986, Steven McDonald New York City police officer, was shot by a 15-year-old boy who he was questioning for stealing bikes. One of the teenagers, Shavod Jones, pulled a gun and McDonald was hit three times. Doctors saved his life, but he was left paralyzed with a respirator to breathe. McDonald's wife of not even a year, stuck by his side during the full recovery after the incident. Rather than feel anger and resentment, he forgave the boy who shot him. The former cop even met up with Jones in prison for him to make amends. The two men wanted to work together to promote forgiveness and non-violence after Jones was released, however, the pair could not follow through with their plans when he was killed in a motorcycle shortly after he got out of jail. Steven McDonald still put in effort to raise awareness of the importance of forgiveness (Garcia, 2013). Although he was wronged by the shooter, who eventually received justice, the cop continued to overlook his trauma and support forgiveness for the sake of Shavod Jones.
2. Sandy Hook: Controversial Forgiveness
December 14th, 2012 was a date that shook the town of Newtown, CT, along with the rest of the world. Similar to the shooter of Lancaster, innocent live's of children were taken by the hand of a 20 year old man named Adam Lamza, before he shot himself in the head. Over 20 families were faced with the tragedy of losing a young family member. One mother of a child lost in the shooting had a remarkable response to the traumatic experience. She extended forgiveness and compassion toward the shooter and his mother. Scarlett Lewis walked through her loss by fighting anger and sorrow with empathy and loving memories. From this experience, she started an organization called the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. She turned the horror and tragedy of December 12th into a movement of forgiveness and love. The mother described how her instinct was always to be the best guardian for her son, and the movement was how she carried on her love after his death. (Lewis, 2013)
1. Amish Overcome Expectations with Forgiveness
On October 2nd of 2006, a shooting occurred in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 10 girls were shot dead out of the 26 students who attended the one room school house for Amish children. Charles Carl Roberts IV was the shooter, who claimed revenge against God for the death of his daughter's sake. Shortly after he murdered all 10 children, Roberts committed suicide. Such a homicide shocked the nation as reporters flooded into Lancaster County. A man filled with vengeance intruded into the peaceful community with violence. However, the nation was equally shocked by the kind, empathetic response from the Amish. Jeff Glor, a reporter for CBS news, described how peace was exhibited by the community as they displayed unconditioned forgiveness towards the shooter and his family. The Amish outweighed the English at Roberts' funeral, and the whole county came together to support not only the families of the children, but also the murderer (Glor, 2013). This act of forgiveness takes first place because an entire culture was violated through one act of violence. The gentle community was disturbed, yet the Amish people still chose forgiveness.