It was April 20, 1999 when I received a terrified call from my mother, “Is Sean at school” she asked on the verge of tears. “Yes,” I said, “What’s wrong”? Barely able to speak through her sobs, she told be that there where two gunmen holding children hostage in a high school in Denver. There was no word yet on which high school. My son was in class that day, in a high school in Denver.
I will never forget the horrible fear that ripped through my body at that moment. I broke into a meeting to pull out another mother of a child who was also in a high school in Denver. I will never forget the terror in her eyes as I told her what was happening.
Today is another sad day for Colorado and the country. Once again violence has reined on our children and loved ones.
This is a time of sadness, grief and later, mourning the innocent that were lost at the hand of a desperately disturbed man, a man with a gun.
With the media and politicians leading the way, there will be vigorous debates and disagreements and a rush to place blame, but sadly, there will not be a quick solution to the violence that permeates our society.
Can we not have those ego driven conversations today? Instead, can we have sympathy, compassion, prayers and peace for those who have and will suffer as a result of this tragedy?
Be silent for a moment, be with the families who have lost loved ones, give gratitude and bless the souls who have departed and pray for the healing of the wounded, and for a humanity based on love, not fear.
Peace & Love...Eva