• Fri, Dec 14 2012

Boy At Sandy Hook Shooting Describes Being Rescued By Teacher

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Well, I am crying now. It seems obvious to say, but the school shooting in Sandy Hook is just making me very, very sad.

I don’t really understand why things like the Sandy Hook shooting seem to happen. I know people have mental disorders, and there are insufficient gun control laws, and all the other explanations that we use whenever people decide to shoot down a bunch of unarmed people. Still, in some deeper way, I still do not understand how anyone can walk into a room of children and shoot at them without some fundamentally human part of themselves stopping them.

But I think, while sometimes, incomprehensibly bad things do happen in the world – like people shooting at a room of elementary schoolers, 14 of whom are dead – there are also good people out there.

Like the teacher, Ms. Clements, who, one mother explains, ran out into the hall and grabbed her son and another child and pulled them into a classroom when bullets were flying at them. Her son and the other boy are alive and well (though watching him calmly explain the school shooting he just survived is upsetting and heartbreaking).

There is an entire video here, wherein the mother talks about this heroic teacher.

I don’t know that it will necessarily make anyone feel better today, because it is a sad day, but it is good to be reminded that there are good people out there. Fred Rogers said:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.

So, that’s where I am. But it is all still so very, very sad.

 

How’re you holding up, buddy?

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  • http://twitter.com/buzzbishop Buzz Bishop

    Nice SEO headline.

    It’s okay to have outrage. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to wonder.

    It’s not okay to stick a camera in the face of kids hours after watching their friends be murdered. It’s not okay to quote them in news articles.

    This needs time to breathe. I get you’re trying to help, but you’re chasing eyeballs and sensationalizing the story just like everyone else.

    • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright

      A lot of people handle their feelings – and I think right now everyone has feelings on this – different ways. It is comforting for me to know that, while there are people in the world who seem surprisingly terrible to me, there are people who seem surprisingly courageous and strong and just good. Knowing that does not lessen the tragedy of the event one bit, but it reminds us that while there are monsters in the world, there are also heroes. I guess I am sharing this because it is one of the only news items to come out of this horrific tragedy that makes me feel a sense of anything other than despair.

    • Larissa

      While I agree with you on the whole (the networks can be just astonishingly callous, it’s stomach churning) I actually felt this particular retelling of one story was handled sensitively and it made me feel a teensy bit better. This writer didn’t stick a camera in a child’s face. Just described a story, secondhand, of somebody doing something courageous. You should be posting this on the CBS website. THAT I can totally get behind!

  • Holly

    Honestly, my mind can’t grasp this yet. I’m torturing myself by involuntarily imagining what must have been going through their minds and can only hope that the chaos of the situation gave them little time to be afraid or panic. I just really, really don’t understand.

  • Cee

    I’m working with small children today, between the ages of 6-11, and they are all wishing me a happy holiday and are walking around with the gives they made for their parents made of felt, glitter, popsicle sticks, spray painted macaroni, gushing about the holidays coming up. It hurts and it makes me tear up because I think…that is what those kids were doing and thinking. So innocent, so excited and happy. Their parents probably had already gotten them that thing they really really really wanted santa to bring them…..ugh.
    That man is a coward. He took their lives, their future and their dreams away. These young men need to seek professional help and stop fucking shooting innocent people going about their business.

    • Cee

      gifts*

    • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright

      No, this is the thing that kills me the most. I keep thinking about how they were at the right age to have been really, really excited about Christmas, and they were probably happy about the weekend, because they’d be trimming trees and doing all those fun holiday things, and I’m sorry, this has made me cry like four times today. The world seems really rotten sometimes.

    • mm

      Okay I’m glad I’m not the only one because it made me cry a ton of times today too. It’s just so heartbreaking.

    • Holly

      My husband and I have a small Santa letter writing business and I feel the same way as I answer all of these requests and see what these little kids who are the same ages are hopeful for and excited about. I know for sure that my mind has yet to grasp the absolute depth of this horror. I keep thinking about that teacher that apparently went out INTO the hallway where shots were being fired and grabbed two children, sweeping them into the safety of her room. I can’t say that I would have been that brave or that I would have thought that quickly. She is good. I’m trying to think of the good.

  • Anna

    Thank you thank you thank you. I wish our society focused on stories like this instead of the name of the POSSIBLE perpetrator. We focus too much on finding the villian for our rage instead of focusing our attention on what is important.

  • anna

    Today i took care of the girls i nanny while going to school myself. They are age 7 and 9, and today were giggling and twirling in their skirts, and didn’t understand why i kept breaking down in tears and hugging them

    my first and only instinct is to protect them, under threat of death to myself. i can’t imagine what kind of mindset you must be in to do this. it’s opposite of human

  • Lauren

    I know someone who died in the shooting. She was a teacher, and she died shielding her students. She was only 27.

    She was one of my best friends in college and we had a falling out a few years ago over something stupid. Friendships don’t always last forever, but please, don’t end them without wishing someone well. Don’t end them on a nasty note because you will never be able to take that back.

    • sherry_b

      i’m sorry.

  • YM

    I also am a crying wreck!