Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Serious Post.

I'm sure you've all heard about the school shooting in Connecticut by now. It was absolutely horrible, and there's no getting past that. The one tragedy that stuck out to me the most is the story of Victoria Soto, the 1st grade teacher who hid her students in the closets and cabinets of her room as soon as she heard the gunshots. When the shooter came into her room, she told him that her students were in the gym so he just shot her and moved on. I've seen it numerous times on facebook and tumblr, but it breaks my heart every time I see it. As an Elementary Education major, it really makes me think. It's so obvious that she cared so much about her students. She was willing to die for them. I wish I had that kind of bravery, the courage to save all those lives, even at the risk of my own. I care about kids an awful lot, which is why teaching has always been my dream, but I've been battling in my mind over whether I would love each one of my students enough to do something like that for them. In the heat of the moment, who knows how I would react. I would like to think that I would save them, but in reality who knows whether I would stand strong or cave in. It's so unsettling to me, and it's been something that's settled in the pit of my stomach ever since I heard it.

I don't understand why things like this happen, but as long as there are people like that teacher in the world, it's not a horrible place. Horrible people do horrible things for reasons that no one can quite explain, but there are always those stories that emerge that show hope even amidst such a tragedy. Above all we have to remember that God is still present and though it's so hard for us to understand why he allows such things to happen, nothing is in vain. God is good and in the end, he will overcome.


  1. Yes Kristin... ;( This was so horrible, but there are always good things, even in the midst of trials.


  2. My heart aches for all those parents who lost their children. I cannot imagine something so devastating. As the shooting has been over, I don't think It will ever really leave the parents' hearts. With news unraveling, heroes come to surface showing the bravery that happened that day, even amongst the fear.

  3. I loved the way you explained this. I've heard various people talk about it, but this post really hit home. It was a terrible thing that happened, but you are right: There are people that stand as a resemblence of hope, that there are still people in this world who are good, and in the end, God will overcome.
    Last night, at youth group, my leader had each of us pray for a one of the victims, and he also gave us a picture to go with the names. It was a heartbreaking thing, but I'm going to continue to pray.



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