On the news last Wednesday morning there were scenes of the South Carolina school where parents were picking up their children after a 14-year-old started shooting. Why are children subjected to so much horror? How can 5-year-olds participate in active shooter drills? I remember that movie “Life is Beautiful” in which a Jewish father made games out of the dangers he and his son faced in the concentration camp. I can’t imagine how schools manage to distract children from the horror during the drills so that they’ll be able to escape injury. I feel so sorry that such drills are necessary, that young children have to learn how to survive violence.
I pray that someday soon guns won’t be available to teenagers and that children won’t have to prepare for these horrors.
– Blog entry by Sister Terry Walter