Regarding the shootings at the high school in Parkland, Florida, I see myself in the faces of the parents waiting for their kids to let them know they are safe. I see myself in the relief and tears on their faces when they get to hug their kids.
I see the anguish on the kids faces when they talk about what they went through, what they saw and who they lost. I see them like I saw my son and all the kids at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
They are just starting the process of comprehending what happened. I hope that they receive all the support they deserve. It is not just a week of counselors at school. It is a many years long dedication of the school district and the community that will slowly help them mend. My heart is very heavy for the families of those that were killed but it is also heartbroken for every single person (especially the students) who have to cope in the aftermath of another school shooting.
Mental health issues are no joke. Neither is the need for someone to own an assault rifle unless they are fighting numerous foes in a threatening war.