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    Amish schoolhouse massacer: Charles Roberts' mother speaks of healing

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    • Investigators search the one-room West Nickel Mines Amish School 03 October 2006 in the town of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. According to officials a milk truck driver identified as Charles Carl Roberts IV entered the schoolhouse, let the boys and adults go free, tied up the girls and shot them execution style before committing suicide. Five girls were killed and at least seven others injured. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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    STRASBURG, Pa. (AP) - The mother of a gunman who killed five girls at an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania says she forgave her son soon after the 2006 massacre, just as the Amish themselves did.

    Terri Roberts says the world needs more stories about the power of forgiveness and the importance of seeking joy through adversity.

    Roberts travels the lecture circuit and is now writing a memoir. One of her sons is making a documentary about her journey from heartbroken mother to inspirational speaker.

    The wife of the shooter, Charles Roberts, wrote a book that shares a similar message of hope amid despair.

    There has been some talk about Roberts going to Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year. But she is cautious, mindful an appearance there could give offense.

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