Connecticut residents are reacting to Friday's shooting in Newtown. Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | The first call was from my husband. I was holiday shopping, holding some toys for my 6-year-old. He said there'd been a shooting at an elementary school just about 15 miles from our house. I was shocked and immediately my stomach sickened. How can that be? How does this happen? He did not have much more information.
Then I got a call a couple of hours later from a friend who told me more details about Newtown. She told me the number, the adults, the children--so many children--and I got the chills. I was picking up my 16-year-old from school. There was a police car parked in front and one on the street.
As the day progressed, the horror got closer and closer. An email from our town's police that schools had extra patrols. Postings were on Facebook from local friends with connections; one had attended Sandy Hook Elementary School. Another email circulating that my husband's hockey buddy's friend lost his wife. And finally, one of my close friends called to tell me she went on vacation with one of the victims last year.
I am sad. So sad. How is it that our children not only have fire drills, but lock-down drills as well? I am glad that my 6-year-old is much too young to process why he has to regularly practice hiding under a desk or in a closet. This exercise is supposed to protect his so very precious life from insane people with semi-automatic weapons. It's really unthinkable.
As news spread across the country, I received calls from Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa and New Jersey. One of my oldest friends texted me: "so awful and sad when u hear such stories u expect it to be a high school, not an elementary school." And I wrote back that "it's pathetic we expect it to be any school at all."
We met each other years ago, on our first day of kindergarten.
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