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Uneducated athletes, spoiled actresses, obnoxious singers, anorexic models-these are the heroes our kids worship daily. They pay money to see them in theatres, concerts or stadiums, cheer them on, buy shirts with their names written across them, put posters on their walls with their pictures and chant their names over and over, name their pets after them and so much more. Bieber, Ling, Bautista, Tebow, Selena, Giselle, Sanchez and so many more. But do our kids or do we for that matter ever give the same respect to our kids real heroes? Ones who get paid salaries nothing close to what they deserve and actually know our kids names, wipe their tears and give them confidence and self-respect that will stay with them a lifetime.
Like the rest of the world, I am so deeply saddened by Sandy Hook. I can’t imagine what it is like to say goodbye to your 6-year-old and never see them again. To be honest I didn’t even want to think about it, watch or read it. But now I just can’t stop thinking how fortunate the kids of Sandy Hook were to have teachers and a prinicipal that would protect them anyway they could even by putting themselves in the line of fire while hiding their own students. There was not one story of a teacher who fainted or hid under a desk or ran out ahead of the kids. So many more lives were saved because of these amazing human beings AND teachers!
Sandy Hook has been called the worst shooting ever at an elementary school, the only shooting where there were more victims was Virgina Tech but these were the youngest victims ever. This is now how these mass murders are being categorized, by how many victims, how many deaths, how old etc… There has to be a way to make them stop. I truly believe less access to guns would be the FIRST step. This is the 4th massacre since Obama has been President and every time he says the same thing but changes not a thing. This is one of the few times I can say I am proud and grateful to be living in Canada. Considering that in Canada last year 50 people were killed by guns but 9000 were killed in the USA.
“According to CNN, the United States has, by far, the highest rate of gun ownership in the world, with 88.8 guns per 100 people, followed by Serbia (58.2), Yemen (54.8) and Finland/Switzerland (45.7 each), according to GunPolicy.org, an international database at the University of Sydney.” (theculturemom.com)
All weekend long my husband and I argued whenever Sandy Hook came up. I didn’t want to discuss it to over and over or even discuss it with my kids. The last thing any parent wants is their children to develop a fear of going to school or worse feeling safe at school. How often have we gone to our kids schools and been annoyed by buzzing the front bell and not being let right in, don’t they know who we are already, why does it take so long for them to answer etc. What about the process of signing in and out every time we come, or putting on a visitors sticker when we come to give out pizza at lunch. All this is for the benefit of our children. How often have we snuck out a back door that is not supposed to be opened throughout the day so we don’t have to walk around from the front door to the back parking lot. But what good is that security system if the shooter is a relative of someone in the school. The shooter here was a son of one of the teachers so he would have been welcomed into the school without a question. Maybe if the shooter did not have such easy access to so many ridiculously dangerous firearms we wouldn’t be having this discussion. This isn’t even one of those times where someone can say wrong place at wrong time because these children and teachers were exactly where they were supposed to be!
Many kids unfortunately often find school a place of safety and security. A place away from fighting parents and divorce, money issues, ill family members even hunger. A child’s school is supposed to be where kids are meant to feel safe and not have to be afraid. That is why there is zero bullying policies, so no kids have to come to school afraid and if they do it is dealt with. I have seen teachers personally buy students lunch when they know they aren’t getting the amount of food they need at home, or stay after school to talk to a child who is afraid to go home and see a sick parent. I have seen teachers sit down with a student at recess when she has felt left out and made sure that child felt loved. For the majority most people who choose to teach do it because of their love of children and it shows. The teachers and principal of Sandy Hook showed us that on Friday.
But how will these kids return to this school or any school and not be afraid every time they see a stranger or hear a door slam? These kids were in their first year of grade school, babies still, 6-year-old kids who we couldn’t protect. I wonder if it would help if we locked our kids in their classrooms the same way pilots are now locked in their cockpits? How about covering classroom window doors with posters so you can’t see in to the class? What next bulletproof windows in the classes so if a shooter gets in and the door is locked they can’t shoot out the windows? Sad to say but it may not be a bad idea.
How many times do we say the teachers are our true heroes? The teachers who hid their kids in bathrooms, cupboards, closets sang to them quietly to keep them calm and told them they will celebrate christmas next week to take their minds away from what they might be thinking. Who instead of running out of the building to save themselves ran into the fire to save the kids whose lives they had been entrusted with. It will never be enough to just remember but here are some true heroes that we should never forget.
Dawn Hochsprung, 47, principal-Officials said she died while lunging at the gunman in an attempt to overtake him.
Anne Marie Murphy, 52, teacher-Authorities told the couple their daughter was a hero who helped shield some of her students from the rain of bullets
Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, 30, teacher-Lauren Rousseau had spent years working as a substitute teacher and doing other jobs. So she was thrilled when she finally realized her goal this fall to become a full-time teacher at Sandy Hook.
Mary Sherlach, 56, school psychologist– when the shots rang out, Mary Sherlach threw herself into the danger and joined principal Hochsprung in running toward the gunman.
Victoria Soto, 27- first-grade teacher ushered her students into a closet, and in so doing placed her body between them and the assailant. “She was found huddled over her children, her students, doing instinctively what she knew was the right thing,” her cousin Jim Wiltsie tells ABC News.
Rachel D’Avino, 29– “Her job didn’t end when the school bell rang at 3 o’clock,”. Police told her family that she shielded one of the students during the rampage.