January 17th, 1989, a deranged man opened fire at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton California. 5 children perished in this senseless act. A man named Patrick Purdy, the lone gunman, had pulled his station wagon up to the back of the school, set the vehicle on fire, put earplugs in ears, then proceeded to spray 106 bullets into a schoolyard of small children - kindergarten up to about third grade. By the time this assault ended, one teacher and 29 students were injured and 5 children were dead (4 girls and a boy, ranging in age from 6 to 9). Purdy then shot himself in the head.
No celebrities stepped in to offer help or support after this horrific scene. Most probably didn't even know about it or if they did, stayed far away. Except Michael Jackson.
A few weeks after the shooting, Diane Batres, head of the Victim Witness program in Stockton, received a call from MJJ productions. At first, she thought it was someone wanting to make a film and she was furious. But when she learned it was Michael Jackson wanting to visit the school and offer comfort and moral support to the children, she was happy to set up a day when Michael could visit the school. Ms. Batres commented:
"It was very kind of him to do this. He brought truckloads of gifts and held children in his arms. He was genuinely concerned and expressed his sorrow. One of the mothers called after the experience and said, 'I am so glad I saw that because she realized for the first time that there were no yellow tears, white tears, brown tears and black tears. Every tear was the same color. They all felt the same sadness".
The Record newspaper of Stockton has reported that Michael Jackson went far beyond the call of duty when he visited the classrooms of Cleveland Elementary School and met with the injured survivors of the shooting.
“His presence made me feel like, ‘Oh, wow, the world is safe, and it is possible to dream, and there is hope after all,’ ” said Elizabeth Pha. Cleveland Principal Pat Busher said “(Jackson’s) motivations were heartfelt. It was to help children. And that event did a lot of good for the children.”
AKON:Honestly he had a heart big enough for the world. that says it all for me.
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