24 February 2006


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.


~j. said...

I'm sorry for your sadness. What a disaster. I'm glad the victim is in good condition and that he comes from a stable community.

Do you remember, in about '97, when a man was seducing young girls and intentionally infecting them with HIV? That was in my hometown, Jamestown, NY. Some of the girls I saw on Montel (and other shows) had, years before, been in my sister's girl scout troup, with my mom as their leader. Now, as you can imagine, the place is a filthy petri dish of STDs. I can understand your shock.

carblemarble said...

I am in shock. I never thought something like that would happen in Roseburg. Oh my gosh. That is so totally out of place...

Queen Scarlett said...

That is disgusting and awful. Things like that shouldn't happen to kids. They have enough to deal with growing up, learning and adjusting to who they are...let alone random acts of violence.

That terrifies me. All you want to do is protect your kids.

La Yen said...

I felt the same shock and horror and sadness when I watched One Tree Hill this week. Then I rmembered that my friends on tv are not actual people and I decided to go outside. But for that brief moment, I really thought about homeschooling.

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