- The Cincinnati Zoo shot and killed a western lowland gorilla called Harambe on Saturday
- Dan Van Coppenolle: Harambe's name can serve as a lesson for all of us
Dan Van Coppenolle is a retired special education teacher, special education counselor, and general education counselor from Brownsville, Texas. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)The death of Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla who was shot at the Cincinnati Zoo after a boy slipped into his enclosure, has made headlines around the world. I hope that with those headlines comes some reflection among members of the public, starting with the message of his name. I truly believe in the message contained in that name -- because I was the one who chose it.