(41 Posts)
needstodiet Wed 13-Mar-13 07:28:22

Remembering today teacher Gwenn Mayor, Victoria and her little class mates who never made it home from school that tragic day 17yrs ago. sad
Thoughts are with friends today as they mourn that loss.


Frogman Wed 13-Mar-13 11:15:24

I can still picture the teacher, Gwen Mayor's, smiling face that appeared in all the papers. She looked so lovely. One of those unforgettable & horrific happenings that we all remember where we were when we heard the news. So many heartbroken families.

LyonsDemesne Wed 13-Mar-13 15:22:20

Tragedy ! I was living in Israel when it happened.

weegiemum Wed 13-Mar-13 15:26:13

17 years? Wow. I was a 2nd year teacher, our school was locked down for hours (I had a class of 11 year olds!!). I worked locally at the time. Hellish day. Rip everyone involved.

signorapacino Wed 13-Mar-13 15:30:02

Thoughts with everyone involved. Horrific day. X

pictish Wed 13-Mar-13 15:43:57

My love goes out to all those that suffered at the hands of evil that day.
My mother's friend lost her granddaughter that day.

Never forgotten, always cherished in our hearts.

TooYappy Wed 13-Mar-13 15:49:31

I was working in the local hospital, working in the laboratories inputting the bloods etc, it was horrific. One of Doctors DC was involved, it was an awful time.

seeker Wed 13-Mar-13 15:51:59

My dd was 3 months old- I remember lighting a candle and showing it to her.......

expatinscotland Wed 13-Mar-13 15:53:58

The world is a shite place mostly.

My thoughts are with the families. I was driving down from Stirling to Glasgow, and I passed all the emergency vehicles going in the other direction. Thought there'd been a bad crash. Could never have imagined that something so awful would have happened.

Sarahplane Wed 13-Mar-13 16:11:18


sweetkitty Wed 13-Mar-13 16:18:36

I was 21 at the time and thought it was tragic and sad.

Only when I had school age children did I realise the full horror of sending your child to school never to return, it's beyond horrific.

And how crazy and sick must you be to purposely walk into a primary school with guns and shoot children, it beggars belief.

RIP. Absolute tragedy.

RIP. Never forgotten.

I was living in Vietnam and someone we knew there had a friend who lost a DD. Horrific.

Rosa Wed 13-Mar-13 16:33:23

17 Years ago .... Seems less. thoughts to the families who are still suffering and having to live with the tragedy.

chocaholic73 Wed 13-Mar-13 20:45:00

I remember I was helping in my daughter's nursery as a parent helper and the nursery nurse asked me if I had heard the news. Felt the shivers go down my spine. One of those events you never forget. My thoughts are with the families and survivors.

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Wed 13-Mar-13 20:46:12

Thinking of them all, still remember so clearly as I was off school sick

tribpot Wed 13-Mar-13 20:47:15

Thoughts to all. A terrible, terrible day.

willyoulistentome Wed 13-Mar-13 20:51:32

I remember it very well as I was at work and had to call a large customer of ours in Scotland during that day. My normal contacts were not available as they had run out to an emergency at their kids school. Just heartbreakingly horrific.

I was off school sick, and remember watching it unfold on the news.
An absolute tragedy.

Wolfiefan Wed 13-Mar-13 20:57:17

Dreadful. Tragic. Thinking of all those who lost a loved one and those who had to deal with the victims and their families.

runningforthebusinheels Wed 13-Mar-13 21:01:19

I'll never forget it. RIP x

ssd Fri 15-Mar-13 10:35:40

I was working in north Glasgow that day, will never forget it. Can still remember Victoria's mother screaming her name out whilst being heavily pregnant. Am so very sorry for everyone involved, this is a horrific thing to have to live with. Cried and cried at the programme shown to commemorate the loss, and the special window with all the childrens favourite characters on it, am crying thinking of it now.

RIP little angels x

QOD Fri 15-Mar-13 10:37:36

Ssd I was just going to say that. I always hear "Victoria ................." When I'm reminded of Dunblane.

Horrendous day, shattered our beliefs in safety at schools.


Lovemynailstoday Fri 15-Mar-13 10:50:06

I am Scottish but was a long way from home that day. Living in New Jersey, a friend walked up to me in the shops and said "something terrible has happened in Scotland". Awful.

echt Wed 20-Mar-13 13:12:47

I was travelling between work sites when the news came on the radio. I wanted to rush and get DD from her childminder.

Also remember the footage of women running to the school, and one shouting: Victoria, Victoria. It was cut by the 9.00.p.m. news.

The film for that evening on one channel was the Bond View to a Kill and was replaced by Field of Dreams. I can't see the latter without thinking of Dunblane, and praising the thoughtful subbing by the TV channel.

Thumbwitch Wed 20-Mar-13 13:15:25

Still remember it on the news - just unbelievably awful that someone could do that in a primary school. RIP and thoughts to the families. x

weegiemum Wed 20-Mar-13 13:15:29

I was in my 2nd year teaching. We were locked down all day - I had to tell a class of 11/12 year olds why.

Rip everyone xxx

CostaTen Wed 20-Mar-13 14:04:54

I never forget this day either. I had started a new job that week and had gone home to lunch and heard the news.

Sophie North, one of the little girls who died, reminded me of my neice who was the same age, I couldn't get her face out of my head for a long time. I have named my daughter Sophie.

RIP Sophie North, all your classmates and your teacher x x

Thumbwitch Thu 21-Mar-13 00:20:26

I'd forgotten that Andy Murray was a pupil at that school when it happened (I had seen it in some interview somewhere). Just read this report about him and Dunblane in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Just makes me cry every time I read about it. sad angry, especially now I have a 5yo who has just started school.

lurkingfromhome Thu 28-Mar-13 19:13:59

I remember getting the train every morning around that time to go to work in Stirling and for a couple of weeks afterwards practically everyone on the train - men, women, old, young - would be crying as they read the morning newspaper. It was quite a normal sight to look opposite you and see a businessman in a suit with tears pouring down his face as he read the paper. Heartbreaking.

scottishmummy Sun 07-Apr-13 23:26:44

Dreadful,still recall it unfolding feeling so bad
Will never forget it
Thoughts with those affected.and it still impacts

Hazyjinty Thu 13-Mar-14 08:38:47

18 years now, too many young life's lost, remember them always

WildThong Thu 13-Mar-14 08:51:51

Incomprehensible "the evil that men do"
Thoughts with all those affected flowers

There was a beautiful memorial to the teacher and children in the garden of Puddleducks, a gorgeous tearoom not far from Tillicoultry, which I think was owned by her friends, wonder if it's still there.

DrankSangriaInThePark Thu 13-Mar-14 09:01:16

It seems longer ago to me strangely.

I have always admired Andy Murray's refusal to "cash in" on his "part" in Dunblane. So many others would have constantly churned it out for publicity.

I agree with posters upthread who said they couldn't truly appreciate it until having a school age child themselves. Dd's first primary class was on the second floor right at the back of the school, and I remember thinking "thank God her class isn't near the entrance". Funny what things your mind brings forward.

I worked with a girl from Dunblane that summer. And we had the initial where is everyone from staff training. When she said Dunblane everyone went "ah," and then silence. She said "you mustn't ever do that, because no-one must ever not know what it means".

Aboyandabunny Thu 13-Mar-14 09:09:05

Thinking of and remembering everyone affected by this terrible event. Heartbreaking.

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 13-Mar-14 09:13:15

Awful snowy slushy day. I had two toddlers and a child the same age I'd just dropped at school late due to the bad traffic. They all slept with me that night.
Never forgotten.

Poledra Thu 13-Mar-14 09:35:27

Don't know if any of you know about it, but there is a charity which was established in the name of the teacher, the Gwen Mayor Trust. It awards grants to primary schools in Scotland, to help support arts, music or sports in schools. It was established by her teaching union, the EIS, in her memory and her children are still involved as trustees today. There is also a Gwen Mayor rose, the sales of which support the trust.

Emski76 Fri 14-Mar-14 15:11:39

Can't believe it's been so long already but it feels like yesterday. I think your right, once you have children you can truly empathise. My ds1 is 6 and I can't imagine him not being safe at school. I had to drop off ds1 football kit to school today and ds2 asked why the gate to school was locked. I had to explain that it was to keep the children safe. I'm sure Dunblane is the reason locked schools were introduced.
It send shivers down my spine. Rest in peace

DS was a few weeks old and I was very post natal. I wept for weeks over the lost future for those children.

BarbarianMum Wed 19-Mar-14 18:24:03

I was living in a remote village in Nigeria. One of my neighbours came to find me and dragged me back to the village and the radio then we all sat around and listened. None of the locals could image something so awful happening, neither could I.

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