Making sense of senseless

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM.

A vigil of common folks, of all ages and colors, coming together to say that the thoughts and ideas espoused by one white man before and after he gunned down a young black man do not reflect community values, not this community, not at this time in history.

There was light from the Lions Club of Port St. Joe, which immediately established and seeded a fund for the Gant family at Centennial Bank to help defray medical costs, which after six weeks are surely astronomical.

There is also light to be found in the reflections of a mother one month after her son was shot.

Gloria Gant, a hugely popular and superb teacher at Port St. Joe High School, stopped by this office between trips between home and the hospital one day in order to get something out.

She wanted, needed, to say something to the community that had tried to wrap their hands and hearts around her family and her son.

“People might read what happened here and think this is the most terrible place in the whole world,” Gloria said that day. “But I am here to tell you that is not true. This is a wonderful community, with warm, generous people who have been so kind and loving to us.

“This (incident) is not what this community is about. We just thank all the people who have reached out and supported us.”

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