This(the portrait below) is me in the 4th grade at Minglewood Elementary School.
The only obstacles this boy had to tackle were communicating with a speech impediment and understanding multiplication and division. But for this generation of students their biggest obstacles as of late seem to be Covid, which has taken the lives of many and is here to stay, and harsh reminder as of this past May- school shootings.
At the age of the students of Robb Elementary School, I don’t recall ever worrying about if I was going to literally make it out out of school alive. No child or faculty and staff should ever have to worry about that, but unfortunately society has degenerated in regard for life.
I can’t imagine how devastated and angry the parents of the victims still must be. How families of the students who graciously survived are so relieved to have their children/brothers and sisters home. Not just the parents and siblings, but loving, spoiling grandparents now have to fear for their children’s children who go to school everyday.
We cannot forget the slain teachers. A teacher truly is a hero in my book. Their job is to supervise; give out homework; and test. Some of these instructors unintentionally become second parents to some of these youth who don’t always receive the encouragement; attention; and guidance that they should be receiving at home. I don’t know what the hiring process is for teaching, but there are some things in an orientation that you cannot put into a person. That sense to care about others and to protect them as if they were your own has to already be there. To those of us who are believers, that quality can only be of the Holy Spirit.
Thought the perpetrator was legally an adult, I am still mind boggled that an 18-year-old can purchase a gun. Society designates 18 as the age of legal adult, but one has to wonder if a person is mature enough to understand all aspects of adulthood. Some 18 yr olds are still in high school, and therefore behave as a child would.
Let us take what little knowledge we learned about the shooter and take it as a lesson. A lesson for us adults to interact with our children. Sitting down tapping on our phones while the little ones run around and cause mayhem is not interacting. Do not let your child spend too much of their times in their room by themselves. For we never know what they’re doing or what is going in their minds.
Though we can’t bring back the fallen , we can take action and speak out to ensure that our youth are safe to go to school and that adults are safe to educate and supervise those youth.