Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tragedy in Connecticut

On December 17, 2012 there was a shooting in Newtown Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 
27 people lost their lives.  20 children, 6 adults, and the shooters mother (along with the shooter himself) were killed.
I will not be putting the shooters name in this post in a personal boycott of a media driven society that turns criminals and killers into celebrities.  I don't want to give the glory of recognition to someone who is capable of causing so much pain.
Instead, I will be honoring the children and courageous teachers who lost their lives.

Charlotte Bacon, age 6
Daniel Barden, age 7
Olivia Engel, age 6
Josephine Gay, age 7
Ana M Marquez-Green, age 6
Dylan Hockley, age 6
Madeleine F. Hsu, age 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, age 6
Chase Kowalski, age 7
Jesse Lewis, age 6
James Mattioli, age 6
Grace McDonnell, age 7
Emilie Parker, age 6
Jack Pinto, age 6
Noah Pozner, age 6
Caroline Previdi, age 6
Jessica Rekos, age 6
Avielle Richman, age 6
Benjamin Wheeler, age 6
Allison N. Wyatt, age 6

Rachel Davino, age 29
Dawn Hochsprung, age 47
Anne Marie Murphy, age 52
Lauren Russeau, age 29
Mary Sherlach, age 56
Victoria Solo, age 27

When this tragedy struck, not only this nation but countries around the world were brought to their knees.  The loss in Connecticut was felt by every mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, daughter, and son in the world.
Immediately, people wanted someone to blame.  The gun law debate became a war on social networking sites.  A few people brought to the surface that it is not only guns, but mental health care that should be regulated (something I agree with).
How many times does this have to happen?  How many students have to lose their lives?  How long must we live in fear?  School is supposed to be a place of learning, of safety.  Not a place of fear.  

Please keep the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy in your thoughts, hearts, and prayers.
Peace, Love, Music<3   

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