Random Acts of Violence

As a mom, the news today was chilling, again.

There was a stabbing at a high school in Pennsylvania. Many people were hurt – many seriously. More school violence. More lives torn apart.

It is another sad example of a kid throwing away his life with a random act of violence.

Fortunately nobody died (that we know of.) but like I just said, the kid who went through a crowded hallway with a couple of kitchen knives just threw away his life. He also destroyed the lives of everyone in his family.

Others risked their lives to help classmates. Students, the assistant principal, and others risked their lives to stop the violence.

Why did he do it, the kid with the knives? He was only 16 years old. Was it just because he doesn’t like Wednesdays? Nobody can answer that. If we knew the answer to that and questions like that this sort of thing wouldn’t be happening anymore.

The school where this happened wasn’t unlike the high school my kids go to. I have imagined the faces of all of the teens I know. I’ve imagined their teachers. I’ve imagined the fear I have for them. I’ve imagined their parents. I’m imagined getting “that call.”

Yes, it is an isolated event but then again, it isn’t.

I can write volumes about Vampires and Werewolves and things that go bump in the night, but nothing is more frightening than things that humans do to each other.

I hear about what is going on at the upscale high school in our neighborhood. I hear about what is going on at schools friends go to.

For the most part all is well. Kids are friendly. Teachers are ok (tired but ok.)

But there are those stories of kids who snap and pound the crap out of another kid. There are those stories of strange behavior and odd kids. There are also kids who aren’t odd or violent who are dreaming of guns and knives at night. I hope I’m wrong about that.

If anyone had an answer for school violence we wouldn’t have to worry about it. We wouldn’t have to feel that sick feeling in our stomachs.

I want the need to hug a teenager or a teacher not to be out of fear but out of joy. I think that is what we all need.


 ~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman