Words from SPU Shooting Hero Jon Meis

The following is a statement from Jon Meis, the Seattle Pacific University student involved in the campus shooting on June 5. Jon is requesting privacy and has declined interviews.

To my brothers and sisters at Seattle Pacific University, and my brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the nation and the world,

Words cannot come close to expressing the tragedy that occurred this past week on our campus. Like everyone else, I would hear of these horrible events on the news, but go home knowing that it could never happen to us. On Thursday, my life changed. I was thrown into a life and death situation, and through God’s grace I was able to stop the attacker and walk away unharmed. As I try to return to a normal life in the aftermath of this horrible event, I pray above all things for strength for the victims and their families. While my experience left me in physical shock, I know that many people are dealing with much greater grief than I have experienced, and in honesty I probably would not be able to handle myself right now if I had personally known the victims.

I know that I am being hailed as a hero, and as many people have suggested I find this hard to accept. I am indeed a quiet and private individual; while I have imagined what it would be like to save a life I never believed I would be put in such a situation. It touches me truly and deeply to read online that parents are telling their children about me and telling them that real heroes do exist.

However, what I find most difficult about this situation is the devastating reality that a hero cannot come without tragedy. In the midst of this attention, we cannot ignore that a life was taken from us, ruthlessly and without justification or cause. Others were badly injured, and many more will carry this event with them the rest of their lives. Nonetheless, I would encourage that hate be met with love. When I came face to face with the attacker, God gave me the eyes to see that he was not a faceless monster, but a very sad and troubled young man. While I cannot at this time find it within me to forgive his crime, I truly desire that he will find the grace of God and the forgiveness of our community.

I would like to truly thank the responders who secured the building and the medical staff who looked after myself and those who were injured. After being in this situation myself, it is even harder to imagine what it would be like to have a job where one’s life is willingly put on the line every day. To our police, emergency responders, and armed forces, you have my greatest respect.

I am overwhelmed with the incredible generosity that has been showered upon me. It has been deeply touching to read the comments online and realize that my actions have had such a strikingly widespread effect. Moving forward, I am strongly requesting that any future donations be given to the victims through Seattle Pacific University.

I am grateful for the prayers and support coming from our home city and afar. In these next few days, weeks, and months, please continue to pray for everyone in the Seattle Pacific community. We serve a truly awesome God and I firmly believe that it is through Him alone that we will find the strength to heal from this tragedy.

Jon Meis
Student, Seattle Pacific University

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  1. Raffy Santos posted on 06/09/2014 05:48 PM
    Jon, what a truly Christ centered response and I pray you find the healing and comfort for yourself. You are an amazing young man and I fervently hope your words of peace and forgiveness spread throughout. God bless you young man.
  2. Makayla Avery posted on 06/09/2014 06:28 PM
    Dear Jon,
    Thank you for pointing to the one and only "God". That thru his unending love, he was able to show his grace thru your actions and words. I'm believing that many will be led to him thru your testimony of this tragic day. My prayers are with everyone effected by this tragic event, and "Thank you"!
  3. Susan Brooks posted on 06/10/2014 06:48 AM
    Well said! We salute you and the generous spirit you exhibit. God is going to be using you through this, and through the personality that sparked your actions, and because of your great faith and trust in God. We commend you!
  4. Rosemarie Carlucci posted on 06/12/2014 04:50 PM
    Jon, Just a note to say it is no surprise that you responded in the manor in which you did. My daughter Carlee and one of her best friends since childhood Dani, both classmates of yours from SCS shared with me about you. You have my deepest respect for your actions. It was certainly nothing you ever expected or went looking for, it just happened. The unimaginable, the shocking, it is so surreal. Your public statement was well written and very heart felt. The statement you made with regard to HERO's had an impact on me. There are no HERO's without some form of tragedy. Honestly in all my years I have never viewed it that way. And I can see being the humble man of God that you are it is not a surprise that you find the name HERO attached to your's as uncomfortable and unfamiliar. Hopefully you will take some comfort from an outsiders point of view in the statement I am about to make. Your unselfish, self sacrificing split second decision had every news channel I was scrolling through talking about "GOD". Why? I believe it is because of what you believe, what you stand for. What you, your classmates, the students, the administrative staff, teachers and all the support staff at SPU believe! They believe in the person of Jesus Christ. Pointing people towards love, towards forgiveness and towards faith/eternally. The school was given an opportunity through this tragic event to show the world what FAITH and TRUST in GOD can do. God knew before you were born that this experience would occur on the date, day and time that it did. GOD knew how and what you would do and the outcome of everything and everyone involved. You continue to reflect the goodness of GOD in turning the focus away from yourself and to the others that were injured and hurting, again more concerned about your brothers and sisters in Christ than yourself. You are soon to become a husband and what wonderful qualities you already posses and I have no doubt the woman you have chosen to be your bride reflects your same values and supports your decisions. I am Praying for you as well as countless other are for all those involved near and far for the healing to come quickly and the ability to move forward without the enemy having a foot hold. What the enemy meant for bad GOD can and will turn it to good as HE works out his purpose and plan in each of our lives until HE takes us home to be with HIM. With Warm Regard as a mom and sister in Christ to my brother in Christ, may God's peace shine upon you and give you rest and peace. Rosemarie
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