MAY 16, 1986

The Events of May 16, 1986

On May 16, 1986, the little town of Cokeville, Wyoimng faced a life-changing event that rocked it's peace and security as a man and his wife held hostage 154 children, teachers, and visitors in the community's sole elementary school.


The story shocked the nation as a whole school was forced into a crowded classroom. The bomb did detonate. Although many were burned, some severely, only the perpetrators of this horrible incident died. One of the miracles that day was that not a single person was lost.


"Something was in there and that samething changed everything." - Rich Haskell, Sweetwater County Bomb Technician


"If you don't believe there was Divine Intervention, then you wern't there that day." Scott Miller, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office


"Each year I celebrate two birthdays. The first is August 16th the day of my physical birth, and the second is the day I call my spiritual birth, it is the day I truly celebrate my life, and it is May 16th. " - Amy Bagaso Williams, Fifth Grade Student Survivor


First hand accounts taken from: Witness to Miracles - Remembering The Cokeville Elementary School Bombing


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1. Respect. Time and their personal story

2. Trust. We will continue to treat Survivors and their stories as sacred

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