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The School Shooting That Austin Forgot

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Posted By: StormCnter, 3/19/2020 8:57:40 AM

After years of counseling and prayer, John Ray decided he had finally developed the emotional fortitude to revisit the formative trauma of his youth. He started a private Facebook group, titled simply “Murchison/Mr. Grayson 40 Years Later,” and invited former classmates and teachers to join. Ray wasn’t entirely sure how his outreach would be received. He knew only that he couldn’t confront the past alone. For one thing, Ray barely remembered the details of that day—May 18, 1978—when a friend at his Austin junior high school walked into class and, in front of Ray and twenty other eighth graders, shot and killed their teacher, Wilbur “Rod” Grayson.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: spacer 3/19/2020 10:08:56 AM (No. 350849)
Amazing story, long journey for those young kids. Sounds like they made it though. Pastor Ray seems like the perfect vehicle for the airing of this decades old pain.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: john56 3/19/2020 10:15:25 AM (No. 350858)
And part of the story is how one of LBJ's aides fixed it so his kid, the shooter, got very light punishment. The kid, now in his mid 50s, did his time in a top-notch pysch facility, lived with a Dallas doctor after a few months, and then came back to Austin to go to UT and Law School. While Hispanic kids of the same age caught shoplifting got 5 years in juvenile prison. And I'm betting those kids didn't end up at UT Law School
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Reply 3 - Posted by: kennedylaw 3/19/2020 11:21:23 AM (No. 350946)
I remember it well. I was a sophmore in high school in Austin at the time and had some younger friends in church who attended Murchison.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: toddh 3/19/2020 11:44:51 AM (No. 350975)
I went to Murchison the year after. I know people in this story. The administration of the school was no more aware of the seething violence when I attended. That next year after the shooting, my history teacher went nuts and had to be physically removed from the classroom. Dadgummit I was across the hall in math and didn't get to see her go, but did hear some of it. It was said she started throwing things at students, books and a stapler. Our replacement was a Grievance Studies graduate who taught us that Ciba-Geigy was King Cotton and therefore we students were to be collectively punished. That's all I learned in that class. "[UT's] prestigious law school" Well, maybe it was prestigious before they started accepting murderers. Anyone else notice that Democrats rarely pay for their crimes? David Nather's father Ed wrote "The Story of Mel," a ROFL story about a Real Programmer. Look it up if you need relief from this shooting story. I don't know why Texas Monthly made Murchison's distinctive ruddy bricks to be so washed-out brown-green. "Murchitraz" is what us former inmates call it. Situated in a former limestone quarry, making escape difficult. It wasn't all bad. Mr. Hauser, the algebra teacher, was truly a great teacher.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Clinger 3/19/2020 11:48:41 AM (No. 350982)
I'm not a psychologist but if I were to hazard a guess I'd say a kid was poorly raised and developed an elitist attitude which was rewarded by being given special treatment after committing a horrific act. The elite status got him into the role of monster and it got him out with nary a scratch. And we wonder why segments of our society think all "white" people discriminate against, them and we all qualify for special favor since most of these elitists share our pigmentation.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: pinger 3/19/2020 4:13:49 PM (No. 351245)
Those who witnessed the murder suffered from PTSD before it had a name...and still do.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: OkieTom 3/19/2020 4:20:16 PM (No. 351252)
Live just a few blocks from Murchison and know one of the classmates in the story, but didn't know this ever happened.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Folsomguy 3/19/2020 6:39:56 PM (No. 351379)
#2 I think that's what angered me the most. It's still going on today with the likes hillary.
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