At 2:50 p.m. on Monday, April 15, four hours into the world-famous Boston Marathon, the city’s most festive day of the year turned into mayhem in the blink of an eye as two bombs exploded nearly simultaneously, strewing blood, dismembered limbs, and debris everywhere.

In the wake of the tragedy, waves of shock and horror rippled throughout the nation. Foran High School students experienced the stress, as many had relatives or friends in Boston at the time of the bombing. Senior Erin Aspinwall, whose uncle ran in the marathon, recalls her panic upon hearing about the bombing.

“My uncle finished the race just before the explosions. We were in a frenzy trying to get in contact with [our family], and we were so relieved when we got the call saying they were okay,” she said.

Other students note this tragedy as yet another shameful act of humankind, a result of the vicious nature of today’s society. “I think that the tragedy in Boston is another adverse effect of pervasive violence in our society today, which is something that we can’t solve with legislation but with a change in mindset,” said junior Andrew Jones.

With over one hundred reported injuries and a rising death toll, the Boston Marathon bombings caused some to reflect upon the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The final mile of the marathon, in fact, was dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Senior Amanda Westphal reflects upon the similarity of the emotions encompassing these two incidents. “Considering these events happened so closely to one another, the emotions brought on by the tragedy at Sandy Hook were just rekindled by the bombings at Boston,” she said. “These types of events are reasons to believe that...the world [is] a very unsafe place.”

Not knowing what happens next is what scares some students the most.

“It’s the unknown that I’m most afraid of,” said senior Morgan Preiss. “Most people don’t think of Boston as a target for terrorism, and now places like New York City, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. are under heavy security. It’s like we can’t even step outside without having to worry about something happening.”

Many students, however, make a point to focus on something good that can come out of tragedies such as this one: Our ability to unite as a nation. In reference to the President’s statement about the bombings, sophomore Tim Orozco stated, “President Obama was right; we are not Republicans or Democrats right now. We are Americans. In the face of an event such as this it is important to cast aside our differences and help each other out solely because we are Americans, and united we stand.”