It has been over ten years since the Columbine tragedy. It appears from this article: http://bit.ly/ZX4q3 that the police have learned a lot about dealing with this type of “active shooter” situation. Though the new tactics didn’t help at Virginia Tech. or Northern Illinois, it seems that part of the solution to preventing or limiting these types of situations, may hinge on what we as parents, teachers, coaches and students can learn from these events.
We all spend so much time worrying about our own issues that it is hard to maintain our awareness of what is happening around us. Ignoring the needs of others can sometimes be enough to send someone into that dark place where their mind begins to contemplate the actions that eventually took place at these schools. Can we take a few minutes to reach out to the “loner?” Can we be a little more accepting of someone else’s differences and attempt to find some common ground on which we can identify with each other’s humanity? Once we have labeled someone we take away that which connects us to each other and makes it so much easier to take steps down the path to another Coumbine.