In case you missed the news Friday, a 17-year-old boy shot and killed ten people at a Texas high school.
Let me say that again, in our country Friday, a child walked into his school and killed ten people.
Other than sending our thoughts and prayers I doubt many of us batted an eye.
School shooting, the senseless killing of children and educators, has become a part of our culture.
One student at that Texas high school told a local reporter that they knew it would eventually happen at their school.
I don't need to remind you that it was 20 years ago in our community when two children, ages 11 and 13, gunned down four fellow students and a teacher. It tore apart this community and our nation. We are still healing.
So how did we get to where we are today?
There are lots of theories, but we must do something or it will continue.
Unfortunately, there is no "one size fits all" solution.
I encourage you to make sure your children know if they see something or hear something to say something.
Teach them to treat everyone with respect. Teach them to respect guns and for you to keep them locked up.
We should sit down and have an actual conversation with our children.
Put the phones down and have a real discussion, and we should listen.
Maybe our children, the generation caught in the crosshairs, have the solution to ending school shootings.
- Hatton Weeks, KAIT VP & GM