What is happening today in our society? Every other day, we hear on the news how another child was kidnapped or even worse killed. We talk heavily about the importance of prevention when a tragedy like Sandy Hook occurs and then a week later, we tend to move on with our lives until the next tragedy. Is this just a part of human nature or are we as a society just that ignorant?
We must not wait until something happens again. We must act now and continue to be aware of what is going on around us every day. We must educate ourselves on what we can do as parents, professionals and educators to protect each other and our children.
Last week, here in Philadelphia, a 5 year old girl was abducted from her elementary school by a stranger, who then dumped her in a park later that night. The child was later found and taken to the police station. One might ask, "How could this happen after what we learned from Sandy Hook?"I find the answers to be quite simple. It happens because we forget too soon about what occurs the day before. It happens because we say we are going to work harder on "prevention" and then that meeting never takes place. It happens because we are scared to even think about the fact that Sandy Hook could happen again. The truth is that it could happen again on any given day.
If we are not prepared to talk about hard issues, then we are obviously not prepared to prevent them from happening. We must address horrific incidents and we must come up with a plan to prevent tragedy from striking again.
Do not turn your head away when tragedy strikes instead turn your head towards prevention.
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