In memory of our CHILDREN and EDUCATORS!

Set apart
By Set apart Latest Reply 2012-12-20 05:45:21 -0600
Started 2012-12-18 05:58:29 -0600

I want to take time aside from D and share my thoughts and cries for those little children and individuals in Newton who lost their lives so tragically without cause or reason! Having worked with young children for over 25 years I am so sad for the loss of the families and the community and our country. Those children deserved to laugh a little more, to open their Christmas presents, to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas through their faith. My heart aches for them as I see their pictures and read the descriptions of who they were! I pray that they did not suffer as their lives were taken from them! For the adults, I praise them as educators it is our pledge to protect the children who have been placed in our hands. These individuals did this with honor and especially love as they placed themselves between the predator and the innocent children. They were the guardian angels of the children who are still with us today!

Although here on DC we don't always agree with everyones' point of views and or chosen way to express their known faith this is a time to come together as a community to support the recent loss of our country and to be united in our support to all!

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-18 11:34:00 -0600 Report

I could have hugged the officer who asked the media to let the families grieve in peace and to stay away. These kids had their entire lives ahead of them only to have it taken from them by a disturbed individual.

I just read the article about the people in the town of Dublane Scotland, have sent prayers to the families in Newtown. They experienced the same thing in their town in 1996.

Now is the time for communities to come together and be supportive of each other and the families of Newtown.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-19 05:51:00 -0600 Report

I agree Joyce, these small children can teach us just how short life can be. It seems so unfair, with so many unanswered questions as to why? The support that has come from all around the world to this community is what life is about and what love is about!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-19 11:58:45 -0600 Report

IMO, I don't think it is appropriate to use these young lives to teach us how short life can be. Every adult should know this. As for why this happened, there will be no answer since the shooter is dead. Instead of wasting time asking why this happened the questions should be how to prevent this from happening again.

I saw on the news this morning a Marine is in his uniform, unarmed making sure kids at his children's school are going in and out safely. My questions to the parents at that school are why are you thanking him and why is he doing this all alone? Why aren't you helping him since your child is also under his watchful eyes? People have got to stop putting responsibility for their children's safety in the hands of over worked under staffed schools and police departments and help keep the schools safe.

My question also is if you are a parent who is a stay at home mom or dad or unemployed, why don't you find out how many parents at your child's school are at home for some reason. Form a group and talk to the Principal about coming to the school to walk the halls to make sure the school is safe? The reason I say this is that not all schools can afford security guards and there are often not enough school police or other officers to continuously patrol the schools. Run a background check on the parent to make sure they are okay to work or be around children.

Parents are going to have to step up to the plate to insure schools are safe for their kids. One of the schools here wanted to install Palm Readers for kids safety. Parents said no they didn't want the government in their children's lives. Now they want the government to provide more safety measures. Parents here also balked at metal detectors. Some schools here have them. Now they want more of them. You can't have it both ways.

If what you are hearing on the news about the shooter is true, he had behavioral problems that his mother was aware of. The schools he attended also knew this. This is a prime example of someone who may have been screaming for help and instead of helping him they changed him from school to school.

From the first day of school to yesterday, there have been over 400 violent incidents in public schools. Yesterday a student was knocking on a school door trying to get in with a knife to attack his classmate. He was not left in. The day before, a 21yr old was let in a school to bring a birthday cake to her sister. She did not sign in at the office and when confronted stabbed an administrator. On the first day of school in one of the counties a kid brought a gun to school to shoot someone and ended up shooting a special needs kid. Parents need to be more responsible with weapons in their homes and they also need to be responsible for their kids and their kids actions. If the child needs psychological help get them the help.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-20 05:45:21 -0600 Report

Joyce I didn't mean that these children can actually teach us how short life can be, I guess I meant it is a reminder to all of us. This has really impacted me because there needs to be change and all the ideas you came up with are great. It is such a shame that our nation has to go to these extremes to protect little children in schools where they should be able to seek a safe haven, or it used to be that way.

granniesophie 2012-12-18 06:26:14 -0600 Report

Please also remember all the Police, First Responders and Firemen who entered that building not knowing what they would find. This had to be difficult for them as well.
To all the families and loved ones of the many whose lives ended too soon, we can only hope they stay strong and can remember the good times and good memories.
We are all awaiting what the next step is in preventing this from happening again, knowing that it really can't be prevented-every day my news media tell me of other deaths where I live, and there just seems no end to the crazy.
No matter what you believe or don't believe in, support those who have fallen and help the families to move ahead with love and dignity.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-19 05:53:00 -0600 Report

Thank you Grannie, for reminding me of this. I can't even begin to imagine walking into something like this, the world needs change. There are so many people that give of themselves so that others can live a better life, for me it is rewarding to try to help others. Happy Holidays!

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