Senseless Act of Violence

I had a different post planned for today but I don’t feel right posting it this morning after the school tragedy that occurred yesterday in Florida.

The school where that senseless act of violence occurred is actually the same school Heather went to when she moved to Florida back when we were starting 10th grade. I remember so clearly going to see her new school. We are talking like 1994 here! I went down to visit her and she took me to see where she went to school and I remember how big and spread out the buildings were in comparison to what schools look like here in New York.

My son has camp friends who go to that school now and he spoke to them yesterday after everything happened. They are okay.

This whole thing, this world we live in today is really very scary and I’m not really sure what to do or think about it. I don’t want to watch the news but my son is watching the news so I have to watch the news just to see what he’s seeing.

What I really want to know is why the news channels feel the need to keep playing clips of the gun shots, over and over again. WHY. Do they not realize that other children are seeing this? That maybe they don’t want to be even more afraid than they already are to go to school? That’s what I think when I see it.

My son is afraid to go to school. I told him he doesn’t have to go to today although hiding at home isn’t going to solve anything because he will have to go to tomorrow and not going today will only hurt his math quiz as he will miss today’s review.

I wouldn’t want to go to school either. When I went to high school, stuff like this didn’t happen. I was in college when Columbine occurred so I guess I was afraid to go to class then yet still, this was not the norm. Now it’s becoming the norm, it’s becoming where you pray it doesn’t happen to your school and your kids.

I feel horrible for those families affected by this and horrible for the rest of us who have to live in world where this continues to happen.

What happened to the days of simply not wanting to go to school because you found it boring and wanted to be home watching Nickelodeon or the The Price Is Right on television instead?!

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  1. tara says

    i am personally on the other side of this. I believe they need to show these things or else nothing will change. we cant bury our head in the sand so to speak to make it go away. im sure it could be traumatic for some kids to sit and watch it over and over, but hopefully those same kids are inspired by the kids from Parkland who are speaking out and using their voice.