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  •  yes--hard for older kids, and the parents (11+ / 0-)

    of older kids, too.

    As a Pre-K teacher (4 and 5 year olds) I've been crying for the little ones and their parents all day.  But as the parent of a 19-year-old university student, I've also been agonizing over what could impel a young man to shoot his mother, all those children, and himself.  

    Anyone with a late-teen or early-20's child knows that this is the age at which schizophrenia and some other serious mental illnesses often appear, and while the evidence regarding the Newtown shooter is still rudimentary, I can't help wondering what might have led up to this awful event.

    It's just unbearable for everyone.  Like the Onion article says, "Fuck Everything, Nation Reports. Just Fuck It All To Hell."

    A truly unbearable day.

    •  A lot of the TV coverage has been unbearable, (9+ / 0-)

      but I hope some of you saw the absolutely amazing interview that Diane Sawyer did with a teacher at the school. Seeing what this woman was willing to do to take care of her little students might restore a little faith in humanity. And I hope that we can have a moratorium of at least a few months on attacks from the right, that our schools are failing, and it's all because of stupid, greedy, lazy union teachers. Screw them. They have no idea what this teacher faced today, and how gracefully she handled it. I know the parents of her students will be forever grateful. Not to mention the other teacher who was shot and killed today trying to get her students to safety. We don't know all the stories yet of the adults who dies, but I'm sure they were all heroes.

      •  That's what I thought of too (3+ / 0-)
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        Leap Year, Minnesota Deb, mkor7

        this morning, even before the interviews. The country has been so caught up in blaming teachers and police and all public servants for everything.

        And then in your link came a commercial with loads of Christmas presents and a light happy voice - I couldn't even listen to what it was saying, it was so incongruous. What on earth will that town do about a Christmas with 20 children dead and so many more traumatized?

        Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

        by ramara on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:29:55 AM PST

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