I've been sitting and watching all the news clips, reading the posts on FB, and weeping for all the lives lost at Sandy Hook School. When I hear the diatribe from both sides of the gun control issue I am angered that they use this tragedy to espouse their views. This tragedy should teach us so much more.
For one thing, the teachers and staff at Sandy Hook School are representative of teachers and staff at schools all over the world. When students enter the doors of schools, they have individuals waiting for them who take their responsibility to these children seriously.....it is not just a "job." Children, yours and mine, are loved and cherished and protected with every ounce of a teacher's being.
Yes, there are standards which must be taught.....and teachers work hard to see that 'standards' are met.......but along with that, they teach our children about responsibility, citizenship, honor, and as was made so evident in Sandy Hook, they teach our children about courage. And they do so by example.
So instead of focusing on an issue no one will ever agree on......let us focus on those things we can agree on. Beautiful, innocent children were sacrificed by a mad man for reasons we will never really know or understand. Teachers gave their lives to try and protect those children. So I say, let us try harder to remember to show our love to our children before we do anything else.......and let us remember also that your child's teacher may be called upon, Heaven forbid, to protect your child with their own life...and would do so willingly because though you may not understand why....we teachers love your children and want the very best for them.
So I sit here and weep....but each tear is a prayer for those we lost, a prayer for each child I come in contact with every day at work, a prayer that goodness will prevail over evil......and a hope that I will never forget to be an example of that goodness.