[written in response to the Perry Hall High School shooting on August 27, 2012]
As the daughter of an employee at the school that has been on everyone’s lips today, a graduate of that very institution and an educator who was in the front of a classroom at the time of the shooting at Perry Hall, I am thoroughly shaken. To the core. In fact, I am shaken to a depth I didn’t realize was possible.
Disbelief. Fear. Confusion. Betrayal. Anger. –at how this could happen again/here/ at all. We have seen repeatedly in this country that schools are not the safe havens they should be for our kids, and today, in the building where I learned about the Columbine shootings as a 10th grader, Perry Hall made national news with its own shooting. I hate it in a way only the sorrowful can.
And so I hope.