History repeats itself once again, and another school has been involved in a mass shooting.
I was very emotional when I first heard the news about Santa Fe High School in Texas this morning. Going into a conference later in the afternoon, I was talking to one of my son’s teachers when a news alert popped on my phone. I closed my eyes tight and shook my head as if to shake the emotions away from my body… I just had to close it. I couldn’t look or feel anymore. I had felt so much despair after MSD, and I still do, with it being my home.
It is difficult to deal with the aftermath of yet another event. I don’t want to feel the emotions, but there they are — too many of them. Knowing that more families will soon be burying their dead children, another community will be suffering, another group of children and their teachers will have to manage the constant fear of PTSD, another town will be forever and ever changed. No, I don’t want to feel any of that, no matter how very real it is. I don’t want anyone to have to feel any of that…
“It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt eventually it was going to happen here, too,” one Santa Fe student said after the shooting.
Today was the last day of school for the seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and TV crews came to the school to take statements. The last day of high school ever for some of those kids, and they had to relive the terror of February 14th by hearing about a shooting at another school and having news crews again at their own. There are no words.
This is our children’s reality. When did this become normal? EXPECTED, even? When will enough be enough? When will things change? When will our children finally be completely safe in a place that once guaranteed safety? #NeverAgain, but realistically — #HopefullyNotTomorrow
For a Parkland mom’s letter to Santa Fe, read my friend Sara’s blog post here.