Earlier today, while in a meeting in DC, I got a text from a client in NY. It said, “What devastating news regarding Sandy Hook, CT.” It was not until an hour later that I found out about the day that will live infamy.
Immediately I thought of Lisa, a bridesmaid in my wedding, her husband, Adam, and her 2 little girls. Up until a couple of years ago, they all lived in Sandy Hook, CT. Lisa’s youngest daughter is in fourth grade. Had they have lived there still to this day, she would’ve been in that school today. Thankfully they are okay.
In 1999, there was the Columbine. In 2007, there was the Virginia Tech. Now on December 14, 2012, we have to endure and unite through another tragedy. A tragedy that effects more people than any other school shooting. A tragedy that will be referred to, as one day, Sandy Hook. Let us not refer to today by that name, without remembrance.
The lives of 20 innocent children – all under that age of 10 – and the lives of 6 others, excluding the shooter, had ended today in Connecticut. A shooter, identified as Ryan Lanza, has committed an act of pure evil and ended by taking his own life.
My Body Language Institute team is in heartache and we pray for everyone who has been impacted by this heinous act. Our deepest condolences goes out to the families, friends, teachers, and everyone else of the Sandy Hook community. We set aside the day to mourn the lives that were lost, and trasure the lives that were saved. Psalms 147:3 states, “He heals the heartbroken, and binds up their wounds.”
Resources to Support Your Children:
- The National Association of School Psychologists -- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- American Psychological Association - Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
- American Academy of Pediatrics - Resources to Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings
- The National Association of School Psychologists -- A National Tragedy: Helping ChildrenCope
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Children and Grief
- Massachusetts General Hospital for Children - Talking To Children About A Shooting
- Child Mind Institute - Caring For Kids After A School Shooting