I’m at a loss for words. Simply because there are no words. Words can not console those who hurt.
Did you know that there have been over 200 school shootings that have occurred since Columbine in 1999? Actually, 208 to be exact. Granted they weren’t all mass shootings, but they still brought horror and fear.
And sadly, they aren’t likely to stop. Unless something radically changes. If you’ve been a parent or been involved in the life of a child, you know that true, effectual change must be a change of the heart.
Otherwise we are all submitting to rules like the student that declares in obedient defiance:
“Fine! I’m sitting down on the outside, but on the inside, I’m standing up!!!”
In our pain, we lash out searching for someone or something to blame:
- Lack of security,
- Video games,
- FBI, etc., etc., etc.
In reality, we all know that correcting just one or two of the items listed above will not bring about the change that is needed to stop the horror. It truly takes a village.
I’d like to share with you a perspective of a teacher, who happens to be my son. This is a post that he wrote after the shooting in Parkland, Florida that addresses some of the issues that he sees daily. Matthew embraces his position as a ministry every day that he serves his children.