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Arapahoe High School incident shows no signs of change since Sandy Hook

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I cannot sleep. My heart aches and I am sick to my stomach. Today, December 13, 2013 another school shooting, Gunman dead 2 students injured at Arapahoe High School located in Centennial, CO. Everytime there is a report of such an awful and tragic event of killing young innocent lives the questions within me grow.

Why is there such a trend to walk into a school building and shoot people? What is it that they think is going to be accomplished with these acts? What is hurting a person so badly that causes them to do this? Why are we so disconnected to people when everyone is connected via the world wide web? What are communities and schools doing differently to help? How can we prevent this from happening? What can a parent do to help their children and the children around them?

Why is our government not protecting our children in the United States when they are protecting children in other countries? Why is it that we can spend money to send our troops overseas yet unable to pay for our police officers within our own communities? Why is it so difficult for the government to change the way guns are controlled?

Why is it that malls and shopping centers having more security than our schools? Why are there surveillance cameras being watched at all hours of the day within these stores, while most of the surveillance camera's in our schools are untouched unless something has already happened? Why there are metal detectors and security alarms at the department stores to protect from theft yet there are none within schools to protect from one or more deaths. Business' can write off their losses. No one can write off a life of a child.

Why are mothers fighting over what is best for our babies in the first year, formula or breast milk when we could come together and fight for something that will affect the lives of our children? How can we fight against petty issues and look pass the important one? Why do we leave that for someone else to handle and try to find someone to blame instead?

I know there are no simple answers. I know there are no simple acts that can make this situation come to a screeching halt. But what if we made it a priority to make each and every school a safe place. Yes, it is definitely a high price to pay. Yet a tragic act of violence to innocent children that could have been prevented is even a higher price to pay.

Tomorrow, December 14, 2013 is the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting where 20 children and 6 adults were taken away from the community in Newtown, CT. The community has asked those to respect their privacy on this day that is no different from any other in this community. The signs are everywhere that these innocent victims are no longer with them. However for us this day is a sign to remember what happened, it is a sign to remember that we need to do something to protect this from happening once again. Not just December 14th, but everyday.

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