My Youngest Son Was Murdered at Sandy Hook. I Worry About the One Who Survived

My Youngest Son Was Murdered at Sandy Hook. I Worry About the One Who Survived

IDEAS Hockley is a cofounder and the managing director of Sandy Hook Promise . “I’ve always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too… I wasn’t surprised. I was just scared. “ These are the words of a student who survived the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, on May 18. Eight of her classmates and two educators didn’t. While the tragic loss of life hurts my heart, it is her words that haunt me. When did we become a country where gun violence and school shootings have become so normal that our children expect them to happen to them one day? Those words — that acceptance — are the price of living in America. It is hard to feel as if we haven’t lost interest or, at least, willpower. Ten people killed, in the 22nd school shooting in only the 20th week of 2018 , and yet instead of telling us the stories of the lives taken so that we can feel their loss, this weekend the media directed our focus toward the Royal Wedding. Why? Because unlike students being murdered in their American classrooms, a Royal Wedding is a rare event. Gun violence and school shootings were not something that I thought about before five years ago. I remembered Columbine and Virginia Tech, but they seemed like one-time events, never to be repeated. In my privileged white suburban life, I was not actively conscious of the many young people of color […]

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