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Amy Patterson–My Thoughts

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm

It is my mission to include upbeat, happy stories in my column, as to serve as a short break from the “real-world.” I have found that the news gets more and more depressing as the days go on.

But some stories cannot be ignored, and must be publicized in their entirety, so that we may learn and grow from the events which have occurred. This is one of those stories…


By now, everyone with any sort of access to the media has heard of the indescribably terrible tragedy that occurred Friday, Dec. 14, in Newtown, Conn.

26 people: 20 children and six adults, lost their lives in a mass shooting which occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Young lives, full of promise and innocence were stolen away at the hand of an individual filled with malice and hatred. I would identify the shooter as being a “young man”, but the 20-year-old responsible for this horrific action doesn’t deserve the honor of being described as a man. The shooter was a little boy; terrified of rejection, and too afraid to ask for the help that he so desperately needed. He was a coward.

Anger and pain fill the hearts of those who hear of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and everyone wants to know the answer to one simple question: “Why?”. We will never know the response.

Arguably the most horrible aspect of the aftermath of such an event, from my point of view, is the fact that life goes on. The world does not shut down; not even for a moment.

Mothers and fathers had their babies viciously torn away from them without warning, brothers and sisters will grow up without the opportunity to make unforgettable memories with their best friend.

These young minds, with all of their great capabilities, will not have the opportunity to take the universe by storm as they grow into adulthood. These babies have lost their chance to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, the President.

Young boys and girls that survived the shooting have been exposed to scenes unfit for anyone, let alone babies. Hollow news stories include interviews of surviving students. Hearts audibly break as these little children describe hearing screams, loud bangs, and seeing their classmates and friends struggle for life.

And yet life goes on.

These same news stations show their brief and fleeting stories of the terror which these families have been subjected to, yet promptly move to stories of gas prices, waning job markets, low-interest mortgages, and Lindsay Lohan’s most recent rehab stint.

It is now our appointed duty to hold ourselves responsible to never forget this event. I ask that even the most  distantly-religious of us take a moment to say a prayer, or think positive thoughts, for each one of these children, and the poor teachers and adults that lost their lives defending them.

Always hold SHES and the event of Dec. 14 in your heart, as lives have changed and will never go back to the way they were.