I have to take a minute right away and address something. This past Thursday there was a shooting at one of my high schools. (I went to two high schools.) I had the pleasure of going to Saugus High School for two and a half years. There I made many happy memories on the volleyball team and in the classroom. I never felt unsafe there or uncomfortable or anything negative. I truly felt myself there. My Oklahoma high school was great, but Saugus is home for me. A lot of firsts there for me.
After waking up to a flood of texts I was shocked that something like that happened in a place where I felt the most safe. That could have been me…
I am the type of student that edits until the last minute. I would sometimes walk to school and edit my papers to the very last minute edit because I am such a perfectionist, then reprint them off on campus before my first class. The shooting took place in the morning in the quad. People were walking to class. That could have been me. That could have been a friend. That could have been anybody. Teachers are getting ready for work. Parents are dropping off kids. My best friend’s dad was there dropping off his girlfriend’s daughter.
I am absolutely sick and saddened by what happened. My heart goes out to the victims and the families, teachers, students, parents and community that this event has affected in Santa Clarita.
I thought to myself, “wow this really hit close to home..” but IT DID HIT HOME. THAT’S MY HOME. Someone came into my home and tarnished it and my family that lives there. Please do not become desensitized about this until it does hit home. I am so mad at myself for not writing about this sooner and speaking out about my opinion on the matter. I try to be as biased as I can because I was taught to write that way as a journalist and working for a paper…BUT THIS IS MY PERSONAL BLOG AND WEBSITE. I don’t know what needs to happen, but some kind of reform needs to be addressed…. talked about more… and more so we can affect change. I don’t typically dive into social issues on here – but something has got to give.
The definition of insanity according to Albert Eisenstein is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Let’s all do something different.