Our children deserve our courage, not our complacency

Once again we are presented with the tragic reality of gun violence in our Nation’s schools.  Yesterday’s Valentine’s Day Massacre of students at Stoneman Douglas High School was just 7 miles from our own Andrews High School in Ft. Lauderdale.

While we applaud the selfless heroism of the teachers, we have been here before.

Indeed a 3-year study of school-related gun violence “identified 160 school shootings across 38 states. Nearly 53 percent of the identified shootings took place at K-12 schools, and 47 percent took place on college or university campuses.”

The increasing frequency of these shootings appears to be making us numb to our most important responsibility — to protect our children.

Whether it is Columbine, Sandy Hook, Chicago or, now, Ft. Lauderdale -- our children deserve our courage, not our complacency.

As educators and as parents, we must be sufficiently outraged to act.

As one surviving student from yesterday’s massacre said, “There’s something seriously wrong with our country, even I can see that. We need more than ideas. Ideas without action are costing lives!”


Thom Jackson