Columbine. Virginia Tech. Chardon High. Umpqua Community College. Sandy Hook Elementary. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Did you know there’s a Wikipedia page on school shootings? There are so many. Not all with fatalities, but all terrifying.
This morning, someone has already listed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Fourteen wounded. Seventeen dead. So far. The 18th school shooting this year, and we are not even two months into 2018.
I am numb with grief. I am beside myself with anger. But for today, there is the need to act to comfort and calm. There is the need to hold our colleagues close and let them know that they are not alone in their mourning for the children and the educators who were lost and who are wounded, some hanging on for life.
I have lost dear ones in my life. I will tell you truthfully that when kind people asked me what they could do to help – as kind people always ask – I told them to send me their love. And they did. They prayed. They hugged me. They wrote a little note. And it helped in my healing to know I was not alone.
Send our dear ones in Florida your love today. Send them a prayer. Send them a thought of comfort. Our struggle to keep our schools the safest places a child could be will continue. Finding ways to stop adding our schools to the list of tragedies will continue.
But today is about love. Kind people, send your love flying to Parkland, Florida and the mourning community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Help them heal.
Let them know they are not alone.