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Sports aid Franklin Regional recovery

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Craig Meyer writes about the role that sports has played in Franklin Regional's healing process.

"It was a talk Jim Armstrong never thought he would have to give.

Armstrong is the softball coach at Franklin Regional High School, the person tasked with teaching the sport's fundamentals and enjoyment of a game few will play competitively once they move on to college.

He has learned to develop a sort of nonchalant attitude toward the highs and lows of a season. Sayings such as "All right, let's move on" are part of the job.

But when a student at Franklin Regional attacked his peers and others with knives on April 9, the patter of Armstrong's profession no longer applied. What happened that day was a tragedy, one that left more than 20 people injured and countless others emotionally shaken."