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I was very candid in a choir office was not in the library which is where a lot of the murders took place , heather Martin is now a teacher , twenty years ago she was a student at Colorado's Columbine high school when two teenagers opened fire killing twelve students and a teacher before turning their weapons on themselves for a long time I didn't , really give myself permission to be traumatized because someone had it worse than me , it has taken me years and years but just to really understand of that comparing traumas is really dangerous thirteen years later another tragedy rocked her community when a gunman opened fire inside of an Aurora movie theater that's when Martin and another Columbine survivor it decided something had to be done hence the rebels project was born it's named after the Columbine rebels , the rebels project run by Martin and other mass shooting survivors seeks to support people living with trauma from mass tragedy events being able to talk about that without feeling judged by others and by society is a huge relief survivors from across the US are flown out to Colorado for a weekend gathering each year where they take part in activities like yoga and tai chi but mainly they talk there's also an online support group for roughly a thousand survivors from sixty different mass traumas and project volunteers often visit affected communities months after the cameras have gone like Stoneman Douglas in parkland Florida were shooting last year eclipse Columbine as the deadliest high school shooting in US history and with the recent apparent suicides by two young Stoneman Douglas survivors I mean it's not the message brought by the rebels project volunteers in early April couldn't be more urgent , and I did make an attempt to take my own life , I was lucky enough to survive it twenty year old Kaelin Bailey was in the Aurora theater on the night of the shooting so my advice would definitely be to to reach out if you if you , even if you don't want to even if it's the last thing you want to do find at least one person that that you can confide in whether it's a stranger complete and total stranger or whether it's your best friend survivors may wish groups like this one didn't need to exist I don't wish this on anyone but twenty years after the Columbine massacre and with no end in sight for America's gun violence epidemic these support groups may only continue to grow