Everywhere you go you may encounter evil people. The monster that shot his way into the school building and murdered 20 children and 6 staff might have just as easily shot up a shopping mall or any other place people are gathered. The families who lost loved ones should never have had to experience this type of terror. Every day we and our children are faced with events that may bring joy and happiness to our lives. The same events may result in tragedy and sadness. Sending children to school provides them an opportunity to learn and enrich their lives so they may live to their best potential. There are safeguards in place to protect the safety of our children but when evil strikes with this degree of force and without warning it may claim victims dispite our best precautions. My heart cries for the victims families. I hope I never have to experience such grief. Most importantly to answer your question: The system did not fail. The many many children who survived because of the lock-down procedures and heroism of the school staff have that system to be thankful for. One disturbed individual is all it takes to disrupt our otherwise safe and peaceful environment. I can't help but believe there had to be signs that the shooter did not feel loved and had emotional issues. The moment he stopped caring about his own life it probably became easy to stop caring about others. The best way for you to protect your children is to love them and make sure they feel loved and not let the actions of this monster cause them to be afraid to live. For me, I can help protect your children by loving my children and watching for signs that some other child needs to feel loved.
I hear you, but there is no way other than to lock them in a room where you stand guard 24/7 and that just won't happen. Look at it this way, and I in no way mean to dismiss or demean the event in Connecticut in any way at all - it was horrendous. The odds are probably less than winning the lottery and hitting the super megaball numbers that your child will fall victim to a terrorist event like that. The news media makes it sound like it happens a lot, but there are millions of kids out there in schools everyday with out problems. Life goes on and we have to move on and not think about all the things that could happen.