Quoted from an article on cnn.com regarding an Ohio school shooting case:
“I ain’t justifying nothing,” a friend told CNN affiliate WOIO. “I ain’t saying he did the right thing, but I am saying he got pushed for a long time and asked them people to help, help, help, help, but nobody helped.”
I have GOT to come back and write about this. It’s been on my mind and heart since Columbine. THIS is the reason this stuff happens, people (other than the obvious “big” reason –human depravity, of course). When are we going to wake up and defend the weak? When is society going to stop trampling young students whose cries for help are not in a language that we want to hear? Sooner or later, that language we don’t want to hear (acting out, calling attention to oneself, being “antisocial”) becomes violence, and if we had LISTENED, and RESPONDED, maybe not so many students would be dead.
It’s almost 1 AM. I’m tired, and I’m furious that this kind of stuff is still happening. It’s not going to be bullying programs or even formal counseling that solves this, it’s one on one human compassion. And I don’t mean the enforced kind.
I know we live in a depraved world desperately in need of God’s redemption, but I am sick and tired of people who don’t understand what it is to be a misunderstood social outcast. …In short, there but for the grace of God (and a move to Des Moines when I was 12), would I have gone. For every school shooting that happens, EVERY DAY there are hundreds of thousands of names called, putdowns, nasty notes, fights on the schoolyard, mocking gestures …do I need to go on?
It’s late, and if wordpress eats this, I won’t worry about it, but I had to get that out. I don’t mean to make insignificance of the tragedies that have happened in the last few years, I just think it’s about time we do some REAL prevention and stand for no less than every student being treated like a human being. I’m going to bed.