Today, I watched like many others in an absolute state of shock. There is yet more news of a school shooting. I have absolutely no idea why this keep happening (like most others who are probably wondering the same thing). I wasn’t going to blog about this because honestly, this is just one of those things that is SO sad, I don’t care to dwell on it. But today, my intelligent, kind hearted tween walked out of school and got in the truck, buckled her seatbelt and said:
“Mom, Why is this world becoming evil?”
I looked at her with a blank stare. I truthfully had NO idea how to answer her. For the first time in my parenting life, I had no idea what to say. I had no idea what the answer would be. I had no idea what expression I was giving her. The ride home was so incredibly silent.
In the last 30 days there have been 2 shootings. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting hit home for me because I have a child in elementary school, age 8. I could NOT imagine dropping him off at school and not picking him up. Please do not misunderstand me.. I couldn’t imagine dropping a child of ANY age off at school and not picking them up, but this was more sensitive for me because I have a child that was the same age as many of the victims were. This goes so much further then just school shootings though. There were a number of other shootings that also happened in the last few months to the last decade.
Todays shooting, thankfully did not take any lives. It did have some injuries though. This doesn’t make it any less of a sad tragedy though. The Taft Union High School shooting was still very sad. My daughter was so very right.. Why IS this world becoming evil? Something I never shared here (but did on Facebook) is that a few days after the Sandy Hook shooting, my children’s (both since they are within 4 blocks of each other) were on lock down. Since in these situations they do not want any information getting outside of the school (perhaps in the event someone was outside waiting to get in) they do not answer the phone lines. I was sent an email and also a phone message along with other parents. All we could do is support each other on the outside and wait. It was scary. I felt what all those parents felt just DAYS earlier. Thank goodness, my situation ended differently and my children were eventually released without any injuries or problems. It was a threat, the school took it very aggressively and very seriously and it in turn closed off the school and made the threat nothing more then a threat. Still, as a parent, your heart sinks. I did not want to send my kids BACK to school after that.
What is the answer? Is there an answer? Why is this happening and WHY is the world becoming so evil?