Another school shooting. This time at a Deer Park Middle School in Colorado only 3 miles from Columbine, the site of one of the deadliest school shootings in history.
I hate hearing about any school shooting. On the one hand you have a shooter who has reached rock bottom likely the product of a failed system and no perceived way out. On the other there are innocent children who because of this day will forever be robbed of their innocence. Everyone loses.
Despite the shock, the anger, and the disgust we need to prepare for it. When I was growing up it was all about nuclear bombs and hiding under desks or in bomb shelters in the event of an attack. Today the challenge is a different one, more random and all the more necessary.
What is so frustrating as both a citizen and a parent is that prevention needs to begin at the human level which is a long, long way back from the act itself. It is impossible to stop the act once set in motion. One can only react and try to limit any casualties. Even if everything goes perfect it still may not be enough. Yesterday’s shooting was an automatic weapon from disaster.
Yesterday’s response was brilliant and casualites were limited. The events of Columbine set in motion a series of procedures across the country for dealing with school shootings. It’s difficult for me to even acknowledge we have procedures for school shootings. The words themselves seem surreal. But I’m glad we do.
Praise goes out to the many teachers, administrators and law enforcement officials who understand the seriousness of the threat and are willing to stand in harm’s way if needed.