Man, I think about what would happen if my best friend was murdered, or even a really good friend; how would I react?
How would I be affected at work the next day, or in my night class?
…Wait a second, there’s not a chance in hell that I’d be either of those places. I wouldn’t be able to focus. I would be constantly distracted, and probably completely disinterested.
Now what if I was a kid? Everyday I see kids that are angry in school, or are distracted, or just absolutely don’t want to be there. Every night on the news we see their friends, their family members being found dead……then we go on with our lives, and our kids return to school without their friend, and a shared trauma that only produces more strife.
And we judge them.