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School Shootings Need Ebola-Like Attention

Dear Editor,

I am a  heartbroken mother, grandmother , aunt, teacher, and member of my community, because of school shootings; the mass murder of our future hopes and dreams, and our nation’s lack of outrage and a moral fiber  to stop the sociopathic  national quality that doesn’t know or care enough to stop wholesale slaughter of our beloved babies.

When the Ebola virus strikes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the government, strikes back in full force to stop an epidemic. Isn’t gun violence in schools, homes and streets against innocent children of epidemic proportions? This great nation is not striking back which is a sign of great distress.

We are the can-do-anything country, people die trying to get here. I was raised by The Greatest Generation. How come the greatness of our people cannot stop the murder of children by gun violence?

A few questions: Where is the nation’s continued outrage against the murder of school children? Where are the leaders to make these homicides visible and imprinted on our consciousness every day until they stop? Where is the “John Walsh” of this tragedy, giving it a face and voice?

I have a lot of questions, very few answers. The only one solution that I have is that anytime that news is produced, a few moments be dedicated every day making the violence visible until it stops.  Speak about the unspeakable, make it visible. A horrific event cannot happen and we go on the same. Every time there is a shooting another piece of my heart breaks. We have to stop pretending we are normal, because what is happening is not normal in a country in peacetime. The country has changed from the innocence of the past to an untenable future.

There is a saying in education, “No child left behind”; I would like to add a few words to that “No child left behind deceased.”

No matter how much we love them and care for them we need hope that they will be protected from murder at school, home and the streets.

Leslie Rosenstock

Fort Lauderdale