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A somber reflection on Friday's events

I'm still trying to digest the news from today. As teacher, it is truly the unfathomable. How could this happen to these babies? How does this happen in a school where we are suppose to feel safe and where we are entrusted with people's most precious gifts of life, their children. 

It doesn't matter if you are in an urban community where gun crime seems commonplace or a quaint, seemingly safe New England town. The truth is, if someone is set on committing such a heinous act,it will happen. Today, I had my 5th graders and a group of kindergartners in my room at the end of the day for "book buddies." This innocent interaction between these two groups had extra special meaning today. The "big kids" were taking care of the "little kids" and we, as teachers, watched over them. 

There is no sense in trying to "make sense" of this.  How do we make sense of the beauty of natural wonders? How do we make sense of one human being causing so much pain to other human beings? No answers really suffice. They just are.

Families have lost loved ones. A nation mourns for those children and the others lost today.  A time for reflection....

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Ose Schwab December 15, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Thank you for your articulation about an unfathomable event. We know many devastations ravage children all over the world. But one so intentional so out of the blue, so confounding unravels us all. What can we do? Band together. Provide support. Reflect. It is as if it has happened to us. What must we do now? Nourish our community. A healthy community is something children can lean up against as they make sense of this crazy and wonderful life. How? Talk to one another. Care for one another.
Frank Ryan December 15, 2012 at 05:19 PM
It's time to change our laws so a woman doesn't legally purchase the guns she bought. Is there any possible reason for her to own so many weapons?

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