My son has friends at Franklin Regional High School, were a student armed with two knives stabbed 22 people yesterday.
It could happen anywhere. Its not about keeping schools safe from whatever may happen, the best safety a school can provide is a sense of community and character. We can't keep our kids safe "from"... we are tasked to prepare them to be safe people themselves.
My son has to be a safe person for his friends.
Several students proved to be safe people in caring for the wounded when their school became a battleground.
There are no safe places, only safe people.
The child who did this is everyone's son. The news reports that his was a "normal" and "good" family in a "good" neighborhood. They were engaged with their kid, he was a "good" kid until yesterday. If you have a son, weep for this lost son.
The child who is fighting for his life in the hospital is everyone's son. He is the same age as my oldest. In any time, any place, he could be any seventeen year old. If you have a son, pray for this person's son.
Parents and kids are frightened. They go back to school on Monday with no new dangers, no new threats, only wider open eyes that makes the nerves sing. Perfect love casts out fear... pray for perfect love to enter this school.
What is right in this is the people, connected to people, having already woven a web, a safety net of relationships, who grieve when others grieve. I'm honored to be, in a small way, through a chain of relationships, in that web.