A few words on Newtown.

Last Friday morning in Newtown, Connecticut, twenty innocent children were murdered in cold blood. Six of their teachers were also killed.

I have spent a lot of time on this blog bragging about the students and teachers who populate our nation’s public schools. I have done so with anger towards those who wish to tear down our teachers and students.

But, today, I am not angry.

Today, I am simply heartbroken, deflated and disappointed.

How little and petty my feelings are compared to what those parents are going through in Connecticut right now. How utterly clueless I am….

Yet, still, I grieve.

Every school teacher and every administrator in America would have done the same thing that those heroic staff members did at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Every. Single. One.

Please keep that in mind the next time you hear someone bash America’s schools.

May these names be burned into our collective conscience for many years to come:

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeleine Hsu, 6

Catherine Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison N. Wyatt, 6

Rachel Davino, 29


Dawn Hochsprung, 47

School principal

Nancy Lanza, 52

Mother of gunman

Anne Marie Murphy, 52


Lauren Rousseau, 30


Mary Sherlach, 56

School psychologist

Victoria Soto, 27


“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us and, therefore, we ought to lay down our lives for one another.” 1 John 3:16







About The Public School Warrior

I am a product of Mississippi's public schools.
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