The community of Santa Clarita will be known for coming together with righteous compassion and empathy. So many people have been hurt throughout this tragedy, and some did not get to survive it.
The family of Nathaniel Berhow had no idea that dropping him off at school on his birthday would lead to such horrific events. This was a seemingly normal child, and this whole event remains a tragic mystery. Why and how could a 16 year-old do this? That's what everyone is wondering, including Nathaniel's mother and sister.
It is times like these that we must band together, not to support the shooter and his actions, but to support his family. If one day your own child came to school and did such horrible things, what would you do? How would you be able to process that?
Those lost are at peace, looking down on us and leading us to a better tomorrow. They are together with the other Saugus High School students who have passed too soon, our guardian angels.
We can only pray that Nathaniel's soul is at peace as well, that the hurt that he felt drove him to do these things has subsided. It is a tragedy in its own way that a 16-year-old child was so mentally distraught that he felt this is what he needed to do to himself and his peers. There are no excuses for his actions, and we are not looking for any. Many will disagree with this fundraiser, but I urge you all to look deep into your hearts and think about his family during this time.
It is the time to spread love, support, and kindness. Saugus teaches the difference between niceness and kindness. Kindness is unconditional and constant. You are kind even when you don't need to be, and even when it is not convenient to be.
To Santa Clarita and the rest of the nation, be kind.
We are Saugus Strong.
I am Tana Risley, a former student at Saugus High School. My sister, Brooke Risley, a current student at Saugus High School, my mother, Sherri Risley, and I have put together this fundraiser in support of the family. All money raised will go to his mother, Mami Matsuura, to support Nathaniel's family and putting him to rest.