I’m a licensed elementary teacher by trade. While I am not currently teaching at the moment, the news I read about when I got off work today chilled me, stunned me, sickened me. I cannot fathom how or why someone would go into an elementary school and take the lives of innocent children, or anyone for that matter.
Young children should not have to be exposed to this type of violence; right now they should be thinking about Santa and Christmas presents and sledding over their holidays.
This entire situation brings up so many questions and concerns regarding gun control, violence, mental illness, and school safety and education. I don’t have answers to these questions. I do believe that there should be tighter gun laws, but gun laws will not stop people from stealing guns or obtaining them illegally to commit violent acts. Those who have mental illness cannot be forced to take medication or find assistance. School safety should be assured but there has to be a line between safety and metal detectors and a visible police presence.
There have been more than 30 school shootings since Columbine. While many things have changed since then, it is clear that not enough things have changed on a societal and an individual level. Individuals should be culpable for their actions and society needs to show that violence is not the answer to the worlds problems.
If every day we can each strive to be better people, better individuals, better citizens maybe we can make each day a better world to live in.
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, hug and hold your kids close to tonight and tell them you love them. And let’s try to bring about a better world in that action of love.