I haven’t written a blog about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday, December 14, 2012 for a couple of reasons.
First, my life at school has been busy. Extremely busy.
I’m always swamped this time of year, but this tragedy made things even busier (I’m not complaining).
Parents, students, and staff were more shaken about this event than anything I’ve ever experienced.
During Columbine, I was a snot-nosed young teacher, so I’m sure I didn’t realize the impact it had on my administrators and school at the time.
Secondly and most importantly, an event like this doesn’t lend itself to snarky sarcastic blog writing (this is my go to move).
So, I’ve taken some time off from blogging.
And I’m glad I did.
I think the most important thing we can do at times like this is be reflective.
The best reaction is not to overreact. This can be hard to do when everyone around you wants you to "Do something!"
In the face of tragedy, we all want to immediately implement rules or procedures to fix our own situation.
And often times, that’s the worst thing we can do.
Time will give us many of the answers we are searching for.
Lessons will be learned from what happened in Connecticut.
Schools will become safer. Politicians will eventually do the right thing (I hope). Administrators and teachers will be better trained.
Students who are already safe will be even safer in the future.
These things will take time, but they will happen.
This of course, will never fix what happened, but we have to understand we can’t fix it.
We can only make things better from this point forward.
This can sound cold and uncaring, but it’s not. It is why I didn’t write a blog the next day.
As a side note… Why does the news media put children and families who were directly involved in a tragedy on TV, but won’t show a drunk fan who runs on the field during a professional baseball or football game because they don’t want to "glorify" their actions?