It could happen here too


A police car blocking the entrance to a side street caught my eye as I was driving along North East Valley in Dunedin yesterday.

When I got closer I saw a police officer with a rifle and other armed officers further up the street.

With the news of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the USA so fresh I thought something like that might be happening here too.

The ODT report on the armed offenders alert doesn’t say much but it sounds more like a drug bust.

The nature of the alert in Northumberland St, which runs off North Road, has not been confirmed.

However, Fire Service decontamination units were at the scene.

Ambulance units also attended.

The school shootings have revived memories of others in the USA and elsewhere, including here.

Debate on compensation for David Bain is a reminder that his family were all killed in that way and the 22nd anniversary of the Aromoana massacre has just passed.

We can be grateful that our citizens don’t have the same access to assault weapons as the citizens of the USA but mental illness is universal.

This story by the mother of a mentally ill teenager  I am Adam Lanza’s Mom is heart breaking but it could be happening here too.






How long?


The bereaved parents club is one no-one asks to join.

Today its ranks have been swelled:

A gunman killed 26 people, 20 of them children between ages 5 and 10, in a shooting on Friday morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City, the authorities said.

The gunman, believed to be 20, walked into a classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his mother was a teacher. He shot and killed her and then fatally shot 20 students, most in the same classroom. He also fatally shot five other adults, then killed himself inside the school. One other person was injured in the shooting . . .

It is against the natural order of things to outlive your children.

It is difficult enough to make sense of the death of a child as a result of illness or accident.

Today so many families, and the teachers and other children who witnessed the horror, are faced with the impossible task of making sense of a senseless act of violence.

how long

The pain is not yours alone she said & you will see it in their eyes when they do not think you are watching.

How long will it take? I said & she put her hand on my chest and we did not speak.

Story People by Brian Andreas.

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