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  •  I got caught behind a school (29+ / 0-)

    bus the other day. This was a bus full of either kindergarteners or first graders.
    They were tiny little people rushing across the street to moms' (mainly moms) waiting arms.
    Or taking their own sweet time to count each step across the street. Looking neither left nor right. One little girl kept twirling all the way from the steps of the bus to her car.
    Usually I get very impatient when I am caught behind a school bus. It can be very  trying when you are  going somewhere, already.
    Last week, I very patiently followed behind the bus and waited at a respectable distance for every stop it made.
    I thought of the Sandy Hook babies. I thought of the little boy who wanted to attack the gunman because he "knew karate."
    Children don't know that "karate" is no match for guns. Little bodies were not made to withstand that which was specifically made to destroy life.
    I realized I was crying when I heard a strange noise coming from inside the car. My sobs.

    Yes, the carnage should have been made public.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 09:58:22 AM PST

    •  My son (14+ / 0-)

      who is now 4, thinks he can "protect" daddy so I know exactly what you mean about the child who "knew karate." For my son it is just a game, a child seeing himself as a hero. Before Sandy Hook I would smile and laugh when my son said he would protect me. Now I just feel heartbroken that the sweet words of an innocent child were spoken in an unspeakable, unthinkable, situation.

    •  Joan - made public with the permission (1+ / 0-)
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      of each parent regarding pictures of their deceased children?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 02:48:55 PM PST

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      •  Yes. Only with the parent's permission. (1+ / 0-)
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        You agree?

        Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

        by JoanMar on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:26:00 PM PST

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        •  nor do I disagree with parental desire (2+ / 0-)
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          I happen to think that some parents would be willing if it could make a difference

          "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

          by teacherken on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 09:02:02 PM PST

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        •  Yes, this is the parents call in my view (1+ / 0-)
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          If the pictures are made public I don't think you will see any channel broadcast them on television, but they will be widely available on the Internet.

          One of the other comments regarding broadcasting these pictures made a good point. Regardless of what warning precedes them, some young children will see the pictures if they are televised. The pictures may make the children reluctant to go to school or effect their behavior at school.
          Putting them on the Internet makes the pictures easier to monitor, and fewer children will see them.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 10:14:34 PM PST

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