Waco: Ex-Aurora High School Teacher Knew 30 Former Students Involved in Dark Knight Shooting

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email

WACO (August 5, 2012)- The aftermath of the Dark Knight Massacre is continuing to hit close to home in Central Texas.

Chris Griesemer, a former Aurora High School teacher who now lives in Waco, was on vacation in Colorado when the shooting happened.

He's just now returning home after attending countless vigils and memorials held for those killed in the shooting.

"It was really scary because there was really no information whatsoever after the shooting happened, it was chaotic," Griesemer said.

Two weeks ago, Griesemer and his wife traveled to Colorado for vacation. He learned of the shooting while visiting his family.

"Friday morning I woke up and I had all these text messages. They were like 'are you ok?' 'do you know anyone in the shooting?' and I had no idea what they were talking about," Griesemer said.

Chris logged onto CNN and read about the massacre.

Through Facebook, he learned that 30 of his former students were attending "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at Aurora Century 16 when the shooting happened.

"I just looked on Facebook and every kid I was friends with, you know former students or colleagues, they were posting about the shooting. That's when things got very real," Griesemer said.

One of Chris' students, 18-year-old A.J. Boik, had disappeared from the theater.

But Boik wasn't missing, his body was left in the theater after he was shot and killed.

"We realized a few days later that he wasn't missing, he was still in the theater," Griesemer said.

Chris says Boik was one of his favorite students, and would never fail to bring a smile to his face.

"It was so patently unfair because this is someone who would never hurt anyone else. All he did was brighten everyone's day...it was a sad loss," Griesemer said.

This isn't the first time Chris has experienced a tragedy like this, he grew up in Littleton, Colo. and knew many involved in the Columbine shootings.

"I'm no stranger to this stuff. Even though I've cried many tears over these events, I know that it will be used for the greater good. Which is difficult to understand now, but I think that's what will eventually happen," Griesemer said.


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