When my team and I first started looking into news coverage of the 1995 shooting on Henderson Street, we wondered if there was anything that today’s students could learn from coverage of a 20-year-old tragedy.
As it turns out, we learned quite a bit. And we’re hoping you will, too.
This week, you’ll hear the story of a student who struggled with a dark mental illness.
Before we kick off this series, I thought our readers should know that, for now, Wendell Williamson, the shooter, has not responded to requests for comment via mail. I hand-delivered another letter to the chief medical officer at Central Regional Hospital on Friday, and we still haven’t heard from him. You’ll know as soon as we do.
We’ll spend a lot of time talking about the day he brought a gun to Henderson Street — because his actions on that day ended lives, destroyed families and hurt dozens. That day is the reason Williamson has sat in a state-run mental health facility for two decades.