Omaha School Shooting, a Parent’s Reaction.

On Wednesday, January 5th a student entered a Omaha school and shot the principal and assistant principal.  Both were severely wounded, but no children were injured.  The school’s lock-down rules were effective on that measure anyway.  Specific details on the incident can be found in the local newspaper.

Update 1/6/2011: As of this morning the assistant principal died of the wounds she received from the shooting.  Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this woman.

I knew none of the parties involved, and am thankful that the outcome was not more tragic.  I cannot begin to imagine the stress of having to wait behind barricades while your child was still inside the building.  Having to wonder if there was still a threat, and being powerless to do anything about it.  It is a worst case scenario for a parent, and one that I worry about as my oldest daughter leaves elementary school and starts middle school next year.

I find myself trying to remember my own school experiences and wondering what would push a child to take such an extreme and brutal approach to getting their message heard.  In my case, I was often made fun of, and frequently was easy pickings for the bullies.  Never once…not one time did I ever think the solution to the problem was a violent escalation involving a firearm.

I do worry about my daughter though.  It seems that the times we are in now are much more difficult to navigate for the young.  The high stresses of our need it now, do it perfect the first time, have it all, society seem to be taking a toll on our young. When I was in high school incidents like this would have been so rare as to be thought impossible.  It is my hope that my wife and I have sewn the seeds of good lines of communication with all of our children.

That puts the pressure firmly in the court of us as parents to keep lines of communication open.  Yes being a parent is a very rewarding experience.  Yet, on days like this, after such tragic events happen it can be one of the most stressful occupations ever invented.


About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

4 Responses to Omaha School Shooting, a Parent’s Reaction.

  1. renxkyoko says:

    I hope the boy who shot the 2 men wasn’t bullied and just snapped. That is even more tragic.

    • Mike Lemons says:

      Unfortunately, it would appear that at least in his mind he might have been. He had been going to school here in my home town, and had transferred to Omaha to live with his father. By the sound of his last Facebook post to his friends he might have been.

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