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My Heart Is Breaking

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posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 01:46 PM
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As I write this, at least 10 innocent children are dead. Dead at the hands of a gun-toting maniac.

I'm sitting at my school desk. The dismissal bell just rang, and I escorted my twenty precious, precious first graders to their buses and cars. They were so happy, Christmas is coming and all is right in their world.

If you haven't been to an elementary school lately, it may have changed some....but kids are still the epitome of innocence. How anyone could deliberately harm such young children is beyond me. I simply cannot comprehend that level of evil, of sickness.

The teachers in my school know about the shooting. We're all shocked....it hits too close to home. And my son is in kindergarten...I keep imagining terrible things. I'm going to be sick, I think.

This could have been my school, my students, my son.

Oh, my friends, my heart is breaking.

Prayers to us all.




posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 01:52 PM
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I'm literally sick to my stomach with grief for the poor parents and little ones who survived.

The official count is 26 dead with 18 of those being children--mostly kindergarteners. There is talk that he killed his mother (who is a teacher at that school) before his attack.

J

2 more of the children have died at the local hospital. Confirmed: 6 adults and 20 children murdered.


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posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 01:52 PM
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Events like this need to galvanize us as a community, recognize how blessed we are.

Don't let the crazed actions of a few change your day.

Hug your child, and love them that much more.

My wife was at the oregon mall, and I have never hugged her so tightly as when she returned home safe and sound. She goes back to work today, determined not to let the actions of a deranged lunatic effect her life.



posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 01:57 PM
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Originally posted by benrl
Events like this need to galvanize us as a community, recognize how blessed we are.

Don't let the crazed actions of a few change your day.

Hug your child, and love them that much more.

My wife was at the oregon mall, and I have never hugged her so tightly as when she returned home safe and sound. She goes back to work today, determined not to let the actions of a deranged lunatic effect her life.


I'm glad your wife is well


My day is changed because of the loss of 18 innocent children, the horror their schoolmates will remember the rest of their lives, and the pain of the parents who must live with the loss of their children.

I'm watching this on TV as it unfolds. The faces of the children who survived...

I can't fathom the mindset of someone who is callous enough--evil enough--to do something like this.
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posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 02:21 PM
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As a man, this whole thing brought me to tears...

I can't imagine the last seconds for those children and the anguish of the parents.

Ok, so you have a grudge, or your parents abused you, or you don't like the way the system works... but why the younger kids??? It just doesn't make sense... how do you look down the barrel of a gun at a crying 5 or 6 year old child and pull the trigger? HOW??????? Anger and hatred are one thing... revenge is another... this... takes it to a different level.

I'm not a vengeful person, but if that shooter or anyone associated with him were still alive, I would say it's time to being back the guillotine.

My heart truly goes out to those parents. In Florida, they have started calling parents to notify them that after this incident, they are reviewing their security policies, which is comforting.

~Namaste



posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 03:47 PM
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We've been told to review our policies as well. The thing is, our school is old...built in 1912 (I think). It's got huge glass windows in every room that take up the entire wall. Limited exits, too.

We practice shooting drills every year, how sad is that. One drill we evacuate the kids off campus....they have to run in a zigzag pattern. The second drill, we pretend a shooter is in the building and we practice hiding and being quiet.

What has happened to our country??!!!



posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 03:58 PM
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Originally posted by crkking
This day will always be remembered because of the actions of a coward. How many people will be remembered because of the actions of heroes.



I woke up with Wolf Blitzer talking about this on CNN. Made me sick. Not a good way to wake up. 5 minutes of that is all one needs to get the point so I changed the channel.

People need to start being more pro-active with these sorts of things and finding a solution to this sort of problem. Children are the most important resource we have. We need to keep them protected and educated at all times. I see a day coming when public schools are a thing of the past and school districts start taking measures to teach their curriculum to students in the safety of their own homes. A cross between home schooling and public education. If a district doesn't have the finances to provide computers to students, the vast majority of which own computers anyway, they can always set up a "host house" where a certain number of students can go and share the resources. Get the teachers to be "host parents", or something similar, so you know there's someone qualified to oversee everything. One of the main advantages to this is that everything would be on private property. Someone's house. City councils may have to create a brand new zone for these types of set-ups, somewhere between business and private, to where the legalities on that end are taken care of, but that would be a small price to pay IMO.

People might say "Well what happened today was an exception to the rule. No need to go to extremes" I don't care if it's an exception to the rule or not. 28 children victims are 28 too many. Or my favorite argument: " Don't let emotions rule your decisions" Sorry, but if you don't feel emotions about something like THIS then you're dead inside. People need to stop talking about what went wrong and start talking about what we can do to keep this from happening again. Something realistic that can implemented without too many rules and regulations getting involved.

Those sorts of things tend to bog things down anyway.




posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 04:23 PM
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Mate, I do know where you are coming from. Believe me. Something like this happens, and we want to wrap our children in cotton wool, shelter them from the cruel, harsh world that exists beyond our own four walls. But what you are suggesting just punishes the children for being children. Children want to be with other children, need to be with children, in order to grow up to be fully functioning, contributing human beings. We, as adults, cannot be everything to our children, they need to play and make friends. What you are suggesting does as much to steal away their childhood and innocence as what has happened today. Please don''t fall into that trap.

There are some things, as much as we would like to think otherwise, that we as parents have no control over. There is absolutely nothing that those parents who have lost their children today could have done to stop what happened. They did nothing wrong. They were thrown a wild card that they could not, and should not, have had to predict. We, as parents, have to accept that. Heartbreaking though it is. What you propose would mean taking away what it means to be a child, the voyage of discovery that that is. Please, don't jerk your knee and believe that you can foresee every hurdle and obstacle, and every mad man that is out there, because you can't. All you can do, is take each day that comes, and rejoice in the precious gift that that is.



posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 04:26 PM
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Just in case anyone is reading about this and feeling overpowered by it, please refer to this post. There you will find both a chance to discuss the feelings, and a number to call for help if those feelings are overwhelming.

Whether you realize it or not. This is a community, we are compatriots and family here, we do care, and none of you are alone.

~Heff



posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 04:47 PM
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Thanks, Heff.

Hugs to you, my friend.



posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 04:51 PM
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I'm not suggesting that we isolate the children. I'm suggesting a medium between what we have how, public schools that are obviously unsafe, and a more privatized way to educate children. The purpose for a more private setting, obviously, would be safety.

I understand what you and others are saying though. Part of the educational process is the social skills that children acquire by being around other children. I'm all for that. But think of it this way. When you went to school did you hang out with everyone? Probably not. You had your circle of friends. We all did. You socialized a bit within your own circle to make the day go by a little quicker, but you certainly didn't have time to socialize with everyone all the time.

What I'm suggesting, basically, is taking an institution that has hundreds of children under one roof, who all socialize and learn within their own "circle", and taking the education they get in that building and scattering it among a number of different buildings. Perhaps populated with all those different "circles" of kids. Buildings that are private property. Whether you want to home-school your own child in your own home or have them taught by qualified individuals in a more private setting that encourages more individualized attention to the students, an environment more conducive to learning, you can do that. The internet makes that more than possible and your children can also have others to socialize with. Besides which, school only lasts 6 or 7 hours a day. That is certainly not the only opportunity for your children to socialize.

People need to start thinking outside the box and realize that the educational system we have in place is not the only viable alternative we have. The internet opened those doors a LONG time ago and I would strongly suggest that people start exploring those opportunities for the sake of the safety of their children. I'm not saying make a rash decision based a one person's rash action. This isn't the first time something like this has happened, so it's not the first time that I, and others like me, have given it thought.

Thanks for your input.




posted on Dec, 14 2012 @ 09:30 PM
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Wow! Insane! I forever go on and on at how DISGUSTING and fallen my southern Ontario place in the world has become, though as of yet, I've not heard of this. There is however things we meet upon & discuss concerning these things where I work at a College, but an Elementary school, Wow indeed. Reading this, I don't see it to far off in the future here though either.



posted on Dec, 15 2012 @ 02:11 AM
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The worst part about it that I saw as I was watching the news this evening was all of the interviews with the kids that survived, directly after it happened! How could you make a kid relive that so soon just for a news story! Had I been one of the teachers there, I would have told the news reporters to take off and leave these little ones alone! How traumatizing must it be for a seven year old to go through that only to have to answer questions about it afterwards?



posted on Dec, 15 2012 @ 05:11 AM
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Firstly, thank-you for being a teacher.

I hope all good teachers realize the abode and safe place they provide for kids, especially in cases when the child's home life may not be the greatest. Which is why his decision or compulsion to bring his violence to the school is so incomprehensible to me. Among my happiest memories of childhood, especially around the holidays, stem from elementary school. That's why it's so utterly unthinkable that an environment anything like the safe, happy, bright, magical one I remember elementary school as being could be shattered by such unbridled violence.

Every time this happens it is terrifying and shocking to say the least (and to say not nearly enough.) What can you say? It really is heartbreaking. There is no more eloquent or expressive way to say it that could adequately frame the horror of it. All words are insufficient in these instances.

I know people die all over the world every day. Including children. And that is horrible, too. I hope no one interprets my posting in this topic as diminishing those people's suffering, or exalting only our own. I would never do that or think that way. It's always senseless, and it's always horrendously tragic.

It's just that... it is almost becoming a normal phenomenon now. And we should never, ever let that be true.

Peace.
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posted on Dec, 15 2012 @ 07:41 AM
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Then why not simply improve the security measures that you have in schools?

After the Dunblane massacre and the machete attack at St Lukes Primary School in 1996, here in the UK, aside from introducing stricter gun controls, stringent security measures were introduced to all schools nationwide as law. You cannot simply walk into a school now, armed to kill or otherwise. The gates and the doors are locked. Anyone who enters after lock down has to be cleared to do so, and then they only get access to a receptionist. No one can just walk into any area frequented by children without the proper authority to do so. The children are as safe and protected as they can ever be. No need to change the entire educational system, all that is needed is a change to the way in which existing and future schools are accessed and secured. Given the record in the US, I am surprised that this hasn't already been implemented, and if was a parent in the US, I would be insisting that there be, like there was in the UK, a nationwide review of school security procedures.



posted on Dec, 15 2012 @ 10:52 AM
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This horrific event could never have been forseen. However, I can imagine that if teachers there 'had' to openly carry a firearm there'd have been less deaths.



posted on Dec, 15 2012 @ 12:06 PM
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Originally posted by merkins
This horrific event could never have been forseen. However, I can imagine that if teachers there 'had' to openly carry a firearm there'd have been less deaths.

Basically have the children living in daily fear that, because their teacher/a teacher is tooled up, fully loaded and ready to open fire, there is the chance that somebody may come into the school to try and kill them.
Utterly brilliant and, in a nutshell, tells the rest of us what the hell is wrong with your society.
Well done.
Edit: Yes, it COULD have been forseen, how many times has this happened before? You think we cant forsee it happening again? For God sakes WAKE UP!!!!
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posted on Dec, 15 2012 @ 02:25 PM
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Think about this for a moment. A shooter in the building, armed teachers, and cops doing the swat thing. I can only imagine worse carnage if the teachers have guns.



posted on Dec, 15 2012 @ 09:37 PM
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**hugs you with closely....
with rivers of tears for you and yours***



posted on Dec, 16 2012 @ 06:47 AM
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When this horrible event was taking place, my nephew's wife was in our new local children's hospital giving birth to a son. I went there for a quick visit to say congrats.
I was walking down a hallway to a little food\drink station to get a bottled water, when I stopped to check out a framed plaque hanging on the wall. When I got to the counter, two women were hearing the Connecticut shooting story on the radio.

On my way back, I took a picture of the plaque. It reads:

Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them.
Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them.
Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from them.
Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.



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