Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide call for a minute of silence to honor victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. One Texan recalls the night she witnessed the attacks and how the world’s support has given those in Paris the strength to persevere.
Laura Lucart, of Colleyville, is finishing up a semester studying abroad in Paris, France. She said she was sitting in the stadium when she heard the first explosion, in the series of terrorist attacks.
“We managed to get to Bastille and upon looking over the blockage of police officers I managed to see 20 to 25 people’s bodies laying in the streets and I saw their family members crying, people screaming, people asking question,” Lucart said. “It’s horrifying. Never thinking something like this would happen and that I would be stuck in the middle of it.”
Lubbock Independent School District’s Coronado High School was one of the many schools across the state that participated in the moment of silence.
“Just us taking a moment to think about them and think about people in the world who are having difficult times right now,” Principal Jerry Adams said. “What happens in Paris impacts what happens in Lubbock and what happens in Lubbock, Texas impacts what happens in the rest of the world and that we’re citizens not only in our school and our community, but that we’re citizens of the world and we really need to reach out to one another.”
Lucart said it’s the support shown around the world that has brought solace to the hearts of thousands in Paris, France.
“Just amazing to see that Paris has support and the people here are empowered,” Lucart said.