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'The Warriors' details school shooting, lasting impact

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A former Mid-South woman is hoping to inspire survivors of the Sandy Hook tragedy to be warriors.

The playwright's play will have a special one-night showing Monday at the Circuit Playhouse.

It is a story of survival. It has been almost 15 years since four students and a teacher were gunned down on the playground at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Mary Hollis Inboden was there that day. She created a play in 2011 called "The Warriors", named after her high school's mascot.

The play shows how the shared tragedy shaped her life, as well as her friends who also lived through the tragedy.

"They've become the most, the warmest individuals," she said. "The most hopeful individuals and they have this powerful strength to them."

Inboden lost touch with her classmates, though. The 2007 Virginia Tech shooting drove her to reach out to them.

What she found is a message of hope.

Inboden believes this play can bring comfort to people after the Sandy Hook massacre caused many across the country to worry about the children.

Proceeds from "The Warriors" premiere in Memphis will benefit a Sandy Hook relief fund and the Memphis Gun Down initiative.

"I don't think that anybody should rush the people of Newtown through their healing process," said Inboden. "They are going to need to take time. We are 15 years away from the shooting at Westside, I can now say, with time we are here."

As a teenager, Inboden started her acting career at Playhouse on the Square and says she is glad to share this part of her life with the community knowing it could help.

The play can be seen at 7 p.m. Monday for a $10 donation.

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