I need to rant. So with that in mind ~ read at your own risk.
We had a school shooting yesterday ~ not to the extent of the others that have been nationalized lately, but it's still enough to make me think. An 11-year-old boy went to school with a pellet gun and shot a classmate in the leg. She wasn't hurt, but she reported the boy to the principal right away. He's looking at a "long-term suspension". This reminded me of an incident at my niece's school last year ~ a high school boy went into her school with a homemade wooden gun. Okay, not a real gun but it was enough that he walked into her school with it. Her school was in lockdown all afternoon.
So, I wonder. We send our children to school everyday thinking they'll be safe, they'll be nurtured, and that we'll see them at the end of the day. It's the glass houses we live in. We hear about the awful things on the news, and we feel bad. But it's not going to happen to us. It never does. It happens in those other places ~ you know, where the wackos live. We don't have those here. (BTW ~ When I say we, I'm speaking in generalizations here ~ not specific to my area).
At any of the schools in my area, I can walk right in and head down the hallway. Nobody bothers me. So, how safe are my schools? When my niece goes to school in the morning, what is her environment like? Who's looking out for her? Why is it that with the number of school shootings that have increased over the past 10 years, I can walk right into a school building and have nobody question me? Sure, there's a sign that says "Please check in with the receptionist", but what if I don't?
I don't remember things like this happening when I was growing up. When I was young, I didn't have to worry about my school or my classmates. It was where I spent my days and I was
safe. No questions about it. I lived in small town America and the only thing that bothered me is that my neighbors knew my business before I did.
We hear in the news everyday about terrorism threats and what we need to do to ward off the possibility. But then I wonder, that even though terrorism is significant and very real what are the chances that the terrorists get to us before we do? We seem to be killing each other off faster than the terrorists could. Remember the Civil War? It's the only war in history where the enemy was ~ ourselves. Is history repeating itself? With so much violence and more and more civil unrest in the news, are we slowly killing ourselves?
And if so, how do we stop it?