What stopped this man from nearly becoming a school shooter.

Sometimes, a shared moment of deeply personal franknes does more good than pointing fingers.

When Aaron Stark was a teenage high-schooler in the mid-1 990 s, he was depressed and a victim of bully. He collected weapons and fantasized about becoming a school shooter.

Instead, compassion from others helped him turn their own lives around.

Stark lately shared his experience in a powerful new essay published by Denver NBC affiliant 9News called “I was almost a school shooter.” He also read the piece on camera in an act of personal fortitude and honesty he hopes could help someone else walk back from the brink.