While making dinner last night I heard the news anchor say that a school shooting had occurred in Oregon. I turned up the TV to see what misfortune had befallen my home state when they flashed an image with the caption Roseburg, Oregon. I audibly gasped and froze, causing my 3-year old to ask, "Mommie, what's wrong?"
I didn't go to Roseburg High (that's where all the "city" kids go), but that's the town of my youth. I can guarantee that Roseburg, and the entire county are in shock. Roseburg doesn't have shootings everyday.....in fact, there isn't even a robbery or a serious car accident on a daily basis.
And while I am grateful that the shooting wasn't a general rampage on the students and staff, just a vendetta against one other student (who is in good condition) , I am saddened and disgusted. Never, never, never should this happen anywhere, but especially not at a school.
And so, I am praying for Joseph Monti, the boy in the hospital. I am praying for the students who have gone through so much trauma and for the teachers and administrators. I'm praying for the shooter (still nameless in the media). But, mostly I pray for my children and their peers. Let them learn from these horrific incidents so that in 15 years, when they're in high school, it can be a safe and secure place for them to learn and grow.