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Amish Tragedy

  1. 1. Amish Tragedy October 2, 2006
  2. 2. Objective <ul><li>The purpose of this powerpoint is to inform you of the events that happened on October 2, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end, you will know about how the day progressed, the victims, and the aftermath of the tragedy. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where? <ul><li>West Nickel Mines School – a one room schoolhouse </li></ul><ul><li>Old Order Amish Community in Nickel Mines </li></ul><ul><li>Bart Township </li></ul><ul><li>Lancaster County, Pennsylvania </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who? <ul><li>Charles Carl Roberts IV </li></ul><ul><li>32 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Milk-tank truck driver </li></ul><ul><li>Resident of Georgetown (an area of Bart Township) </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Happened? <ul><li>At 10:25 am, Roberts entered the schoolhouse with a 9 mm handgun. </li></ul><ul><li>He ordered the male students to help him carry items from his truck into the school. </li></ul><ul><li>They carried: lumber, a shotgun, a stun-gun, wires, chains, nails, tools and a small bag. </li></ul><ul><li>The small bag contained a change of clothes, toilet paper, candles, sexual lubricant, and flexible plastic ties. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Taking Victims Hostage <ul><li>He ordered the female students to line up against the chalkboard. </li></ul><ul><li>He allowed a pregnant woman, three parents with infants, and all other male students to leave the building. </li></ul><ul><li>Roberts barricaded the doors using the lumber he ordered the males to carry in. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The 911 Call <ul><li>The teacher of the school, Emma Mae Zook, managed to escape to a nearby farm and called 911 at 10:36 am. </li></ul><ul><li>At 10:42, the first trooper arrived at the school followed by many others immediately afterward. </li></ul><ul><li>At this time, Roberts was binding the arms and legs of his hostages. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Help Arrives Police arrive at the scene Within 10 minutes of the emergency call. October 6 th – 10:42 am
  9. 9. The Shooting Begins <ul><li>During the next minutes, the troopers managed to communicate briefly with Roberts several times. </li></ul><ul><li>Each time, they requested permission into the schoolhouse, but Roberts denied and threatened violence against the children. </li></ul><ul><li>11:07 – gunshots were heard from within the schoolhouse. </li></ul><ul><li>The troopers immediately approached, but the shooting abruptly stopped – Roberts had committed suicide. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Rescuing The Children <ul><li>The troopers broke into the schoolhouse in 2 and a half minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Troopers and EMT’s administered first aid to the girls who were still alive, until ambulances and helicopters arrived to take them to nearby hospitals. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Victims <ul><li>KILLED </li></ul><ul><li>Naomi Rose Ebersol: 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Marian Stoltzfus Fisher: 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Anna Mae Stoltzfus: 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Lena Zook Miller: 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Liz Miller: 8 </li></ul><ul><li>INJURED </li></ul><ul><li>Rosanna King: 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel Ann Stoltzfus: 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Barbie Fisher: 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Ann Stoltzfus: 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Esther King: 13 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Possible Motives <ul><li>A suicide note written by Roberts stated that he had molested two relatives 20 years ago, and recently had thoughts of molesting again. </li></ul><ul><li>However, the two relatives told police that no abuse ever happened. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, there were no reports that Roberts molested any children in the schoolhouse. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, the gunman’s motives still remain a mystery. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Amish Forgiveness <ul><li>Surprisingly, the Amish community extended immediate forgiveness and comfort to Roberts and his family. </li></ul><ul><li>Marie Roberts, Roberts’ wife, was even invited to the funeral of one of the victims. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Starting New <ul><li>West Nickel Mines School was demolished on October 12, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>A new school – New Hope School – was built nearby on April 2, 2007. </li></ul>
  15. 15. THE END By: Jen Feder Mr. Greenberg’s 5 th period Honors US History class