Fathers Day and School Shootings

141 Dads will not be getting a fathers day card this year. That’s  the number of children that have died as a result of classroom violence since the beginning of 2018. I am also the father of a six year old. The violence seen in todays culture and society is shocking and unprecedented. I don’t know, nor do I hope anyone will ever know, the emotional trauma a parent goes through when dealing with the death of their child. We can only try to prevent this from happening.

The latest school shooting occurred  May 25, 2018 at the Noblesville West Middle School. The latest victim, Ella Whistler was shot 7 times. She lived through it, in spite of her  wounds.

According to  business insider.com  and the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive,

This incident marked the 101st mass shooting in 2018. To put this another way, the US has a mass shooting for almost every day this year.

CNN  reports as of  11:05 AM ET, Fri May 25, 2018

We’re 21 weeks into 2018, and there have already been 23 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That averages out to more than a shooting a week.

The Washington Post says

The current number of children affected by school shootings since Columbine is 215,000, and the number of Schools is 217. The Post says 141 children, educators and other people have been killed in assaults, and another 287 have been injured due to violence in our classroom.

This is an acute problematic trend that must stop. Our society seems to be at a crossroads finding the solution. Some have said it began when we lost our moral compass.

If it is true, I don’t suppose we will ever know when our society lost its moral compass. Maybe our moral compass was never lost to begin with. It just simply exploded into pieces when the first child died as a result of gun violence in the class room. Since then we have wasted time trying to figure out why and how this is happening. We should be spending our time looking at how it could have been prevented in the first place.

Unfortunately the bell curve of human behavior tells us it will happen again. The model shows us the percentage of the population, 0.1%, will engage in some form of heinous, abnormal behavior. According to the U.S. Census bureau as of April 23, 2018 our current population is at 327,589,916. Multiply that number by 0.001, and we get the product of 327,590. This is the average number of people in the US who can be labeled with abnormal behavior. This number can also be used to label the number of saints in our society, the rest of us are in the middle, or average.



Understanding human behavior is only the beginning. Understanding how the mind tells the body what do to is where we should begin. Looking at the model on the far left we know there is a 0.1% of probability our population will do something abnormally bad, and the right side, a +0.1% of probability our population will do something abnormally good. I hope this post is something to be counted as good.

Our hearts and prayers go out to those who are grieving this fathers day. This post is dedicated to the 141 fathers who wont get a fathers day card this year and their families. Please accept this post from fathers everywhere, we grieve with you for your loss, and your tragedy is not forgotten.



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