Laura Farber was a freshman attending Columbine High School in Colorado when the shooting occurred that killed 12 students and one teacher.
Today, 20 years later, the name Columbine is synonymous with school shootings and still ranks as one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history as well as one of the deadliest episodes of school violence.
In an effort to showcase gun violence, its collective impact and healing, Farber will speak about her experience; as well as her newly released documentary, “We Are Columbine,” which can be found on Amazon, Hulu and iTunes.
Farber, who now lives in Texas, will be Skyped in on Sunday, Sept. 8 from noon to 1:15 p.m. at an event called BELONG which is a monthly gathering open to the public.
This event takes place at Total Living Center (TLC), 2221 9th St. SW in Canton, which is a nonprofit that provides food, clothing, haircuts, chiropractic care, laundry, human and spiritual connection for those in need.
“This talk will help explore themes about trauma and how we survive and process it,” said Farber. “We will discuss coping strategies and how we land in roles because of things that have happened to us, as well as the messages we carry and how they can be part of that healing process.”
The event will be facilitated by Eden Koz, founder of Just Be®, who said, “My goal of this event is to bring the shooting events closer to home — not in a horrible or sad way, but to allow us to see these from a collective human perspective given their now excessive commonality, which is calling out to us to pay attention.”
As this talk is donation only, money will go toward TLC and The Rebels Project which is also a nonprofit that supports survivors of mass tragedy and trauma by creating a safe environment to share unique resources, experiences, and provide education surrounding the varying effects of mass trauma.