CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The excitement was almost palpable at Cedarville University as a record breaking freshman class arrived on Friday, Aug. 17, but this day was particularly monumental to one student who just a year and a half ago, was the victim of a local school shooting.
On the outside, Logan Cole looked like any other incoming freshman getting his dorm ready for the upcoming year.
But this new Cedarville University student brought more than just boxes and laundry hampers with him.
“I still have a bunch of lead pellets in my body, in my wounds, so those lead pellets are slowly leaking lead into my blood,” said Logan.
Logan was shot twice with a birdshot pellet on January 20, 2017, in the bathroom of West Liberty-Salem High School.
His most recent blood work showed lead levels of 27, the average person reads zero to four.
But Logan’s dad, Ryan Cole, said that has pretty much been the only change since that tragic January day.
“He cares about others,” said Ryan. “He’s always patient with people and that’s another thing we’re proud about as well, the way he’s handled it. And he’s still just the same Logan.”
Logan unpacked his belongings in his new dorm room, and said he’s excited about his future.
Right now he is planning on a degree in IT management, and said it was no question that Cedarville was the best fit.
“My sister was actually here at Cedarville (on the day of the shooting), and she had to leave obviously, but I know a lot of prayers and thoughts came from Cedarville for me, and so I’m thankful for that,” said Logan.
Another reason he chose the local university?
He said he could not imagine leaving a community that has done so much for him.
“I’ve just learned to be very thankful for everybody around me, for my family and for the people that love me,” said Logan.
Both of Logan’s parents attended Cedarville University, as well as his sister who is a current student, and Logan said he is grateful he gets to carry on the family tradition.