In the middle of the working day, I cried my eyes out hearing of the horrific, senseless elementary school massacre in Connecticut, where 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree and killed 27 people, 20 of them little children, from kindergarten to fourth grade.
As the story is investigated there is conflicting information, but the point is so many precious little lives were lost. Children who were waiting for Santa Claus in just a few weeks. Children who had so much ahead of them in life. Children who will now never follow their dreams, never fall in love, never be held by their parents again.
And what about survivors? Imagine having to live the rest of your life having seen a friend of yours shot to death? A friend who is just a child?! I couldn’t even bear to watch the children who were interviewed on this news. It was just impossible.
This beyond heartbreaking story reminded me of another tragedy that hit a little closer to home quite a few years ago when I worked as a journalist at The Montclair Times, in Montclair, New Jersey.
A couple had divorced and had two beautiful little angels. The husband had visitation rights and was with this children in his home — right across the street from The Montclair Times building. The man strangled and drowned his two little girls and then hung himself in the window for his ex-wife to see.
Writing the obituary for those two little angels was the worst thing I ever had to endure in my life. Tears streamed down my eyes as I typed away. Gigantic tears flowed down on my hands and forearms, making me all wet as I wrote the saddest thing I ever had to write in my life.
What makes a person so demented that they can go as far as taking the precious life of a little child? This is something only God knows. In the case of the Connecticut tragedy, we now learn that the young killer was autistic. Then why did he have a gun? And if someone obviously isn’t in the right state of mind, isn’t there someone around who would care enough to get this person in a mental home so he doesn’t do this sort of horrific damage? There are too many questions and who am I to judge or make suggestions. The damage is done and there is no way these precious babies will get a second chance in life.
Oh, I just have to stop thinking and writing about this right now, as I am getting pains in my chest and I don’t even know these people. Imagine what the teachers, students and families are dealing with. Horrible — just horrible!
In conclusion, I have to give kudos to Channel 2 in NYC, who decided to put “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on in it’s entirety, without interruption about the tragedy, so families could enjoy some peaceful time together.
Good idea and well done, Channel 2! The heartbreak that happened yesterday was just too much to bear for an outsider like me, I can’t even imagine what the people directly involved are going through and I do hope the survivors had a moment of peace last night and a bit of sleep.
And may the angels rest in heavenly peace during this now very sad holiday season.