When bullets ripped through children playing at a California elementary school last week, their impact was felt hundreds of miles away in this tiny community that can't forget its own encounter with terrorism.
"My stomach went right down to my knees, and my knees buckled," Rocky Moore, a teacher at Cokeville Elementary School, said after he heard of the shooting at the Stockton, Calif., school.When receptionist Christine Cook heard that 35 children had been gunned down, she was working behind the same counter where Cokeville's own violent nightmare began 21/2 years ago.
"Are you ready for this?" she remembered Moore telling her. "It's happened again."
The shooting brought back vivid memories of that May day in 1986 when Doris and David Young commandeered Cokeville Elementary School armed with homemade bombs and demanded $300 million ransom for the 150 children they held.
It all came to a premature end when the bomb Doris Young held accidentally detonated. David Young then put a bullet through his wife's head before turning the gun on himself.
Kindergarten teacher Carol Petersen knows exactly what parents, teachers and friends in Stockton, Calif., are going through.
"It just gives you kind of a pain right in your chest when you think of people going through that fear," she said last week.