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First Anniversary of Amish School Shooting

It was one year ago Tuesday when a violent outburst struck the peaceful heart of Amish country.

A school shooting in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania left five schoolgirls dead and five others seriously wounded.

One year later, a very private group of people are still trying to recover from a very public tragedy.

It was an all-too-common occurrence in the most uncommon of settings.

One year ago, a milk truck driver stormed into a one-room Amish schoolhouse and shot ten girls killing five, injuring five others.

He then took his own life.

But in the midst of their pain the people of Nickel Mines held onto their faith and their ability to forgive.

Katie Weaver, an Amish woman stresses,"We have to forgive. Or, if we don't, we're gonna become bitter people."

One year later people here are marking the occasion but trying to do so privately.

A family of one of the victims held a gathering Monday for families, state troopers and other guests.

Now, families are planning some quiet time together.

Herman Bontranger, a spokesperson says, "Human beings...These amish are just like the rest, they have a way of being resilient and finding a way to make a place in your life for a deep tragedy like that."

The school where the shootings happened has been torn down and re-built.

Four of the five injured girls are now back in school. The fifth remains in a wheelchair.

But while much has changed for people in this Amish community in the last year, many things have stayed the same: their farms, faith and incredible ability to forgive.

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