Just when we started to feel safe in schools again …
Just when the images of the last deadly shooting on a school campus had started to fade…
I was on my lunch break as a student teacher when word came down that there had been another school shooting. Tell me if this sounds familiar: A kid described as a loner, who was bullied, and was a bit “gothic” walks into a school cafeteria and starts shooting, killing two teenagers and injuring three others. T.J. Lane was his name.
I am so sick of this. And so frightened that it could happen anywhere, at any school. Every teacher in America, even in the safest, most upper-class neighborhoods, knows this can happen in their school.
I don’t know why this keeps happening. I don’t know if the blame is with parents, or schools for not intervening more, or society itself. I’m sure we’ll hear all the usual blather and reasons thrown out there for the next few days.
I don’t know why this keeps happening. But it scares the hell out of me. A school should be a safe haven from the outside ills of the world.
More and more, it’s not. And 13 years after Columbine, it seems we’re no closer to being able to stop these tragedies.
**OK, a slightly more uplifting story now. More proof that the world is a strange and wonderful and scary place. Some guy decided to draw a portrait of Conan O’Brien using Cheetos. And only Cheetos.
**Finally today, this weekend was the first time since 2005 I didn’t cover the Daytona 500 for my old newspaper, the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Since I know nothing about racing and care even less, I usually got to chase down the celebs who were there (in 2010 I wrote about what that is like here.
Felt a little strange Sunday and Monday not being there, but I didn’t miss it at all.
However, if I’d been there Monday I would’ve gotten to see this bit of amazing-ness in person. A driver named Juan Pablo (Don’t call me Inigo) Montoya went spinning out of control and slammed into a giant jet dryer that dries the track.
No one was hurt, amazingly, but flames spurted up way high in the air and they actually used Tide detergent to help fix the damage to the track.
Tide: We get out blood stains AND fix asphalt! Seriously, is there a better, more versatile product than that?