Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Too Close to Home

Things like this are not supposed to happen so close to home. It’s our world, I guess. All we can do it look and try to understand, and hope for a better tomorrow.

7 bonus scribbles:

writtenwyrdd 10/10/2007 06:11:00 PM  

The mind boggles. I just cannot fathom the purpose of acting like this. I guess we should be glad none of the victims have died or been too badly injured.

Erica Orloff 10/10/2007 06:56:00 PM  

I know . . . I send four kids out into the world each day . . . and pray that they come home safely. I live in a "safe" place . . . but nowhere is safe anymore, really.

spyscribbler 10/10/2007 08:58:00 PM  

What really drove it home for me was that the kids reacted and understood a "Code Blue."

One can figure out what that is in the context, but ... my god ... they have codes and drills for this sort of thing?

We're supposed to be creating a better world for our children, and it just seems to be getting worse. You know?

Edie 10/11/2007 09:42:00 AM  

In Crandon, Wisconsin, a few days ago, a 20-year-old deputy sheriff killed his ex-girlfriend and 5 other young people before killing himself. It can happen anywhere, and that's what makes it so scary.

In The Tipping Point by Malcalm Gladwell, Gladwell says, "Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do." This seems to be what's happening, that mass shootings are now a solution to personal problems.

I don't know how we can fix this except to be more aware that it can happen.

lainey bancroft 10/11/2007 10:00:00 AM  

'Close to home' takes on a different meaning in situations like this, I think. Sure, its horrible that you may have driven past that school in your everyday life. But a tragedy like this is close to home for anyone who has a child, who has loved a child...hell, for anyone who has ever been a student!

And I agree, what a sad statement of modern times that kids 'get' code blue. I still makes me feel ill that here in little nowheresville Ontario in a school of about 250 students, the entire fund raising effort was devoted to installing security doors so you have to show ID and get buzzed in to take your kid the gym clothes they forgot. :( Wrong.

Susan Helene Gottfried 10/11/2007 03:15:00 PM  

I know. That's what I'm thinking today, too.

spyscribbler 10/11/2007 11:28:00 PM  

Edie, yeah. Mass shootings. God.

Lainey, you're right. I think, throughout history, humanity in general has striven to make a better world for their children. I feel like it's getting worse, I really do.

I hear you, Susan.