As a former first grade teacher, this story really hits home in a way that I can describe as unimaginable. When we think of violence, I don’t want to focus on solely gun laws as they have discussed within the media, instead I want to focus on the lives that have been presumably lost and forever changed due to this tragedy.
This tragedy is more evidence that we, as a society, need to rethink our values and beliefs. For the member(s) of our nation who perpetrated this, there is so much that needs to be understand yet cannot be justified. As I write this, I am devastated to think of the children who have been placed in harms way.
This is not a normal blog post for me by any means. I’m horrified by what is being reported… Whatever your religious/spiritual beliefs may be, please enact them for those who are directly and indirectly involved.
Is this our society’s wake-up call? Are we, as a nation, promoting violence based on the everyday ways in which we desensitize ourselves through the media images and messages we consume each and every day…
More to come on this as I gather my thoughts, our schools are under attack figuratively and, more disturbingly, literally as this horrific instance proves.
What are you thoughts?
25 People Dead, Mostly Children, at Connecticut Elementary School Shooting – ABC News.
Love N Luck said:
Yes and yes. The most horrific realization is that there isn’t a tragedy we can move beyond. We are a nation of the moment. The mere nature of our country encourages those who are mentally ill to find new and deadly ways to top the previous gunman. The tragedy was felt around the world, literally. But the next week, the violence continued. Teachers started to arm themselves and the Political Animal started to roar and point fingers. Meanwhile, 25 families, quietly and painfully buried their loved ones. What is the solution to this problem? Where can we start? I don’t know, but I started by hugging my babies. I feel we must continue to work toward destigmatizing mental illness and keep the families of Connecticut in our prayers even after the media has moved on.