Af­ter a school stab­bing in Oshkosh, a heroic deed

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - PERSPECTIV­E -

As I drove to the lo­cal Ah­madiyya Mus­lim Com­mu­nity mosque in Oshkosh, Wis­con­sin, the morn­ing of Dec. 3, I was sup­posed to be con­duct­ing cul­tural sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing at the mosque with po­lice of­fi­cers from across Wis­con­sin. In­stead I watched as group af­ter group of stu­dents, even­tu­ally num­ber­ing over a hun­dred, were ush­ered into the mosque to seek shel­ter and safety af­ter a stab­bing and shoot­ing in­ci­dent across the street at Oshkosh West High School.

A young fe­male mem­ber of the mosque, who was a stu­dent at the school, bravely punched in the code and opened the mosque’s doors to all, re­gard­less of whether she knew them. The sign out­side the mosque read “Love for all, ha­tred for none,” and the scene I wit­nessed truly ex­em­pli­fied that.

Per­haps a girl in a burqa in to­day’s cli­mate of prej­u­dice and fear may have been an un­likely can­di­date to fol­low, but at that mo­ment it was bonds of trust and hu­man­ity that pre­vailed, as they al­ways should. In the unity dis­played that day is our col­lec­tive strength as a na­tion, and I hope we al­ways can open our doors to each other, in good times as well as in times of need.

— Hashim Mum­taz, Ap­ple­ton, Wis­con­sin


Stu­dents are evac­u­ated from the scene of a stab­bing and shoot­ing at Oshkosh West High School in Wis­con­sin on Tues­day.

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