Our hearts go out to Newtown
As we learn more and more details about the senseless violence in Newtown, Conn., that stole more than two dozen innocent children and heroes, our hearts continue to break. We here at the Jennings Daily News are heartbroken, angry and confused, as are you.
We spend so many days treating life like a chore rather than appreciating it as a gift. So many of us work in or frequent schools and have student-aged children in our lives. Schools, as we have sadly said in tragedies like this before, should be the safest of places for a child or adult.
This tragedy has unearthed many emotions in each of us and those emotions are giving way to heated discussions about a number of issues, mainly gun control. But for just a few days – at least until the victims’ bodies are returned to their loved ones and given proper services – could we all focus on doing what we can to support the people whose worlds have been forever changed?
We mourn for the staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary who died trying to protect little children. Though so many were taken, their actions kept even more innocent people from dying. How incredible must one person be to give their life to save another?
We mourn for the babies whose lives were stolen and the horror both they and surviving children endured. Innocence was lost in so many ways Friday.
We mourn for the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, loved ones and friends who are enduring the loss of a loved one in Newtown. These were not just “educators” or “students”. They were brothers, sisters, mothers, godchildren, friends, neighbors – each victim was so much to a number of people.
There will be a time to confront how to prevent acts like these from being committed. Sometimes we need to grieve instead of turning every tragedy into a political discussion.
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