Failing Our Children: What Are Our Children Learning From #Parkland Shooting Response [VIDEO]

Failing Our Children: What Are Our Children Learning From #Parkland Shooting Response [VIDEO]

Failing Our Children: What Are Our Children Learning From #Parkland Shooting Response [VIDEO]

The tragedy of the Parkland school shooting has been compounded by the finger-pointing and political grandstanding by the media, politicians, and people who just can’t seem to read past the headlines. Too many are looking at the government to fix everything and everyone.

Failing Our Children started trending on Twitter late yesterday afternoon in response to the aftermath of  17 people, including a beloved coach and security guard being killed by a very troubled shooter. Below are just a few responses.

But yet some think the government is the one to keep us from failing our children

Two very different points that cover the spectrum of reactions. Particularly when one looks at the reaction by media, pundits, celebrities, and many others who should know better. As Deanna pointed out, the scene was far from secure when the Ghouls emerged from the shadows. We find out from Toni that much regarding the shooter fell through the cracks, and even the FBI knew there were problems with a Nikolas Cruz. Yet the response has been, BAN THE 2nd AMENDMENT! BAN GUNS! THE GUNZ DID IT!

We’ll probably never know all the reasons why Cruz attacked his school. Particularly since he essentially has no family left to provide insight. How did we fail Cruz? I don’t know that we’ll ever find out.

So are we failing our children? You be the judge. Today a young man from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was interviewed.

What he was citing was something EVERY media outlet and the politicians picked up on and ran with starting less than 30 minutes after the news broke of the attack. Finally, several hours into the day, two columnists at the Washington Post did their best to point out the utter fallacy of all of Everytown’s so-called statistics.

Everytown has long inflated its total by including incidents of gunfire that are not really school shootings. Take, for example, what it counts as the year’s first: On the afternoon of Jan. 3, a 31-year-old man who had parked outside a Michigan elementary school called police to say he was armed and suicidal. Several hours later, he killed himself. The school, however, had been closed for seven months. There were no teachers. There were no students.

~Snip

Just five of Everytown’s 18 school shootings listed for 2018 happened during school hours and resulted in any physical injury. Another three appeared to be intentional shootings but didn’t hurt anyone. Two more involved guns — one carried by a school police officer and the other by a licensed peace officer who ran a college club — that were unintentionally fired and, again, led to no injuries. At least seven of Everytown’s 18 shootings took place outside normal school hours. [Emphasis Added]

In other words, NO. There have NOT been 18 school shootings since January 1, 2018. Pardon the expression, but it is like pissing in the wind to right this particular ship. You want to know a prime culprit involved in failing our children? Look no further than the insanely wrong and misguided Hot Takes in the last 24 hours.

Finally, there is Andrew Pollack and his family. Yesterday he was frantically searching for his daughter, Meadow.

Today he and the rest of his family are in mourning. Yet this is the response from Twitter.

https://twitter.com/buddha_paws/status/964221827517239298?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsarahd-313035%2F2018%2F02%2F15%2Fblood-on-his-hands-soulless-vipers-attack-grieving-father-of-parkland-victim-for-wearing-trump-t-shirt%2F

Thankfully quite a few have pushed back against the cruelty of others.

So you tell me. What about our children? What are we teaching our children? Given the responses in the last 36 hours, I’d say our children have learned that facts don’t matter. Courtesy, empathy, and compassion are out the window. Vitriol is in. Shaming is in.

David Hogg was correct.

We want to stop school shootings? Let’s start with teaching and expecting better of ourselves and our children.

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3 Comments
  • GWB says:

    Too many are looking at the government to fix everything and everyone.
    The underlying problem is the belief that everything and everyone can even BE fixed.

    “As a society, you know, as Americans, we’re failing our children. We’re not keeping them safe, and Congress is failing us and the government is failing us and something has to be done.” – Florida teacher Melissa Falkowski
    Interesting, it’s everyone’s fault but … your own. Yet you’re a teacher in that very institution.

    How did we fail Cruz?
    *I* didn’t. As a matter of fact, I’ve advocated for societal changes that would help prevent these sorts of things. Actually, I’ve advocated AGAINST societal changes that have exacerbated this crap. But no one listened.
    So, I refuse the “we” moniker here, and say “I told you so.”

    get something done
    And this is why we don’t let children run things. At least wise people don’t.

    You want to know how our children are being failed?
    By a society that worships hedonism, to the point of demanding adherence to all manner of perversion. By demeaning real education for indoctrination. By treating “that’s not fair!” as if it were somehow a tenet of universal justice instead of a whiny 4 year old’s complaint.
    If we can’t return to the “bourgeois values” of yesteryear, our society will tear itself apart. If you think school shootings are bad, wait a while.

  • Timmy says:

    That man had a horrible childhood. Where was the help he needed. This shooting started 15 years ago. The problem is there are 10k more just like him waiting to pop off.

    We screen kids every year for vision, spine curve, why not mental health?

  • Fred says:

    What the children are learning is that adults guard their banks, celebrities, and politicians with guns and their children signs.

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