There cannot be a more helpless feeling than that of a parent learning that their child has been senselessly taken from them in a school shooting. The murders of 21 people at Robb Elementary leave us helplessly struggling for solutions. These are the adverse childhood experiences that plague and sometimes devastate families and communities. The overwhelming trauma in Uvalde, Texas is pervasive. We ask families to support their terrified young students. We ask victimized teachers to gather their courage and go back to the classroom. We ask police officers and first responders to face the devastation of the scene. These are the pernicious realities, the big tasks we require of our students, educators, and law enforcement. Let’s stop asking.
Let’s come together as a community, as neighbors to find the resources and strategies we need to end this violence now.
Carol Carrillo, MSW