Michael Made Me Feel Safe – Feb 1989
On February 7, 1989 Michael Jackson visited every classroom at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. It had been just three weeks after a gunman had fired 100 bullets into a playground, then committed suicide. Five children were murdered and 39 injured during the attack. Michael had just returned from his Bad World Tour. He arrived at the school to comfort the surviving children by giving them confidence to view the world more positively after such a traumatic experience.
Eight-year-old Thahn Tran, who had lost his younger brother during the massacre, spoke about the effect MJ’s visit had on him: “I didn’t want to go back to school, but Michael made it all right again. If he goes there, it must be safe. Michael is my friend and I’m very glad.”
Another Student Elizabeth Pha on Michael’s visit “His presence made me feel like, ‘Oh, wow, the world is safe, and it is possible to dream, and there is hope after all.”